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VIZIV Tourer Concept Breaks Cover; Previews 2020 Subaru WRX STI Hot Hatch

Subaru uncovers the VIZIV Tourer Concept in Geneva. Will they bring back the WRX STI 5-Door hatch in 2020?

Subaru Corporation unveiled the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show today. What does Subaru have in mind for this new wagon concept? Most thought it could be a preview of the next-generation WRX STI 5-Door Hatch. After seeing the images from Geneva and reading what Subaru says in their press release today, gives us an idea this could be a preview of the next-generation Subaru WRX STI hatch.

Subaru has produced a series of themed concept models named VIZIV (“Vision for Innovation”) embodying the brand’s vision for the future. The VIZIV series has included a crossover, hybrid, performance and seven-seat concepts, with this year’s fifth project exploring the tourer design. This newest Tourer concept has high-performance features, and the hood scoop tells us this could be the new-generation WRX STI performance hatch.

When you compare the size of the new wagon with the Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept unveiled late last year in Tokyo, it’s very similar in size. The Performance Concept measured 4,630 × 1,950 × 1,430 mm (overall length × width × height) with a wheelbase of 2,730 mm and tire size: 245/40 R20.


The newest VIZIV Tourer Concept measures 4,775 × 1,930 × 1,435 mm (overall length × width × height) with a wheelbase of 2,730 mm riding on 245/40 R20 tires. The Subaru VIZIV Performance Concept seats 5 persons, the Subaru VIZIV Tourer Concept seats 4 persons.

Subaru says the VIZIV Tourer Concept features their core values of Symmetrical AWD, powered by a boxer engine “with Subaru’s wealth of expertise in offering driving performance, practicality, and safety.” Subaru also includes their advanced safety features in this concept wagon. It gets a suite of safety tech including the next-generation EyeSight system and deployment of automated driving technologies and advanced driver-assist functions.

Subaru does say they will launch new advanced driver-assist technologies around 2020 along with a high-performance boxer engine and Symmetrical all-wheel-drive in a Tourer body style. This could be a preview of the next-generation 2020 Subaru WRX STI 5-Door Hatch.

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Ed B (not verified)    March 6, 2018 - 8:39AM

Hard to get excited about Subaru concept vehicles, they never translate to significant style changes in production. Unfortunately, I think they only let out the designers with vision during prototype season, then lock them away when production actually takes place. I get it, if it ain't broke don't fix it - but at some point, style and function can live in harmony - just not in Subie land yet...