Saturday, November 19, 2016
2016 LA Auto Show: The Viziv-7 Foreshadows Subaru's Next 7-Seater Crossover
After a failed attempt with the Tribeca, Subaru is going for the 7-seater mid-sized crossover market segment once again, but this time with a much larger offering. Shown as the Viziv-7 concept car at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, it’s a foreshadowing of Subaru’s new 7-seater crossover which will be named Ascend, at least based on recent patent filings by the Japanese carmaker.
The biggest Subaru ever, the Viziv-7 measures in at 5,200 millimeters long. With a wheelbase of 2,990 millimeters, it’s even bigger than a Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot. Designed under the corporate theme of Dynamic x Solid, the Viziv-7 has all of Subaru’s core values: safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities, and a forward-looking attitude.
Subaru says that the production version of their 7-seater, three-row SUV will bow in for the US market in early 2018. The Ascend or whatever the final name would be, is underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform which will gift it with an emotionally engaging “dynamic feel” as well as the world’s highest levels of safety. It’s expected to be powered by either a turbocharged engine or a normally-aspirated Flat-6 engine.