While the focus is on North America at the moment between the enormous Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, followed swiftly by the Detroit Auto Show, the Tokyo Auto Salon (January 12th to 14th) has received little attention, like the unloved middle child sitting between the two enormous American motorshows. However, Subaru’s saving something special for their home market, in the form of the Viziv Performance STI Concept.
The show car, set to debut in the coming days, is based on the Viziv Performance Concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October last year, though with a very obvious dose of aggression. There’s unique bodywork, in the form of a reprofiled front bumper, gills down the size, and an over-the-top rear wing, as requisite by anything with the Subaru Technica International (STI) badge.
*2017 Subaru Viziv Performance Concept pictured here
There’s little mention of the motivation hiding beneath the outrageous body, with rumours suggesting that the Viziv Performance STI may feature some form of electrification for propulsion. At this point it’s unclear if the concept car will receive a hybrid powertrain, so let’s not start talking about the production car yet, alright?
There were questions raised during the debut of the Viziv Performance Concept last year about what the car was intended to preview, whether or not it would be a next-generation WRX based on the Impreza, or its own model. With the arrival of the Performance STI Concept, the intent for these cars are pretty clear. Expect to also see a newer, more futuristic version of Subaru’s EyeSight active driver assistance systems on the Concept car, which will make its debut on January 12th.