Or it might not be. Subaru’s not being particularly helpful.
It’s the first day of the Geneva motor show and Japanese marque Subaru have pulled the wraps off their Viziv Adrenaline Concept, which could either be a flight of fancy or a show of intent. The Viziv Adrenaline is very much a compact SUV, which is intent to “broaden the brand’s outlook, define the characteristics of Subaru vehicles more prominently, and create more enjoyment for all passengers.”
Marketing gobbledygook aside, the Adrenaline is a difficult car to place. Subaru didn’t list any dimensions for the car so we don’t know where it would theoretically sit in the lineup, and at the motorshow, they annoyingly placed it far away from their production cars, so we weren’t able to really eyeball its size either. But let’s just say it’s smaller than an XV, shall we?
As Subaru said, the Viziv Adrenaline prominently displays the characteristics of the company’s portfolio more prominently, like the sleek headlights & taillights, large trapezoidal grille with chunky cross-slat, and beefy body cladding. But to that end, there are also very bold uses of creases & shapes in the bodywork that convey a sense of dynamism, as well as a contrasting roof section that Subaru claims improves torsional rigidity by some degree.
The Adrenaline is supposed to marry “utility that supports active lifestyles with off-road driving capability that delivers enjoyment to go anywhere,” and to that end, we reckon it might just. The wheels are chunky all-terrain units, and there are pronounced skid plates on either end, sitting on a car that rides rather high. We imagine that with Subaru’s ’Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive’ system employed, this thing should be able to scale just about anything.
We would, rather desperately like to know if the Viziv Adrenaline previews an upcoming compact SUV, or if it’s just the engineers in Hiroshima having a bit of fun. Subaru is not really known for producing concept cars without some degree of intent – we just hope that this isn’t a mere design concept, as we reckon a small SUV beneath the XV would likely offer massive volume for the historically left-field marque.