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Geneva show: Subaru spikes Viziv Adrenaline concept

Sharp and rugged design language for Subaru Viziv Adrenaline concept SUV

6 Mar 2019

SUBARU has revealed the latest Viziv-branded concept, the Adrenaline, which appears to be a radicalised version of the popular XV small SUV, as seen by its rugged body lines, flush panels and an off-road-ready stance.


The Japanese brand says the new-look crossover expresses its new “Bolder” design language, with its unique chrome-painted roof, matte-black body protectors, wheelarches and white-accented off-road wheels.


Fitting its all-terrain style, the Viziv Adrenaline sits high off the ground with particularly short overhangs and chunky Bridgestone tyres.

It also features several signature concept touches like narrow LED head-lights, dark tinted windows, unique foglights and digital side mirrors in place of the conventional glass set-up.


“Combining utility that supports active lifestyles with off-road driving capability that delivers enjoyment to go anywhere, the Viziv Adrenaline concept stimulates the driver’s mind, encouraging them to drive freely in mother nature,” Subaru said.


At last year’s Tokyo motor show, the marque revealed its Viziv Performance STI concept which looked to represent a future WRX sportscar model.


Similarly, the Viziv Tourer concept shown at the 2018 Geneva show, appeared to be an ultra-modern version of its Levorg wagon.

Subaru’s Viziv concepts are generally designed to preview future models, and so it is possible that the Adrenaline gives a hint at the next XV small SUV.


Speaking of, the XV received a significant update in June, with a boost to power, handling and equipment.


Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the XV is motivated by a 115kW/196Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine matched exclusively with a continuously variable transmission.


Pricing starts at $27,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level 2.0i, up to $25,240 for the range-topping 2.0i-S.

The XV had a strong sales year in 2018, with 12,936 units registered for a 27.3 per cent increase year-to-year, making it a key rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V.

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