Subaru was once considered the working man's performance car brand. With its success on the rally stages in the 1990s and 2000s, many an enthusiast lusted over the Impreza WRX STI.
In recent years, however, things have gone a little quiet, and the company has become more well known for its reliable workhorses – think farmers pounding country lanes in their diesel-engined Foresters with a boot full of damp dogs – and the WRX STI (dropping the Impreza moniker), although ever-present, has taken something of a back seat.
Now Subaru is getting back into the performance picture and hoping to reclaim some of its past glory with the stunning Viziv Performance Concept, which has just been revealed at the 2017 Tokyo motor show in Subaru's Japanese home market.
The car's name stands for 'Vision for Innovation', and the Viziv shows what Subarus of tomorrow will look like.
Packaged in a sleek saloon body and featuring Subaru's trademark all-wheel-drive underpinnings, the Viziv may well be a future WRX STI that will carve up rally stages the world over. It also has a host of automated driving technologies, advanced driver assist functions, and the next-generation EyeSight system with other devices in anticipation of the technologies' roll-out by 2020.
This five-seater isn't available for sale, so we don't have a price, but head down to your local Subaru dealer in a couple of years, and you might well see something that has descended from this very Viziv.