Subaru is having a banner year in 2016.
The brand’s flagship Outback wagon is the fourth-best selling mid-size crossover/SUV in the US.
At the same time, its Forrester compact crossover remains one of the most popular on the market today.
However, Subaru has stayed away from releasing a larger SUV since the failed B9 Tribeca exited the market in 2012.
That is, until now.
On Thursday, Subaru introduced the new VIZIV-7 SUV Concept ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show.
The striking new concept vehicle is Subaru’s take on what it thinks a large SUV should be.
In fact, Subaru claims that the VIZIV — a name derived from the words Vision for Innovation — will serve as the foundation for a new three-row SUV set to hit the North American market in early 2018.
“The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities and a forward looking attitude,” said Takeshi Tachimori, a corporate executive vice president at Fuji Heavy Industries — Subaru’s parent company.
“We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever.”
Few technical details are available on the VIZIV-7 apart from the fact that’s it’s 72 inches tall with a 117.7-inch wheelbase.
Subaru has one of the most committed groups of owners anywhere in the automotive universe — and it’s a group that’s growing every year. With the VIZIV-7, Subaru gave its loyal followers a glimpse at something potentially very special set to arrive in the near future.
Via Benjamin Zhang, Business Insider, Yahoo