Don’t look too closely—the Heisenberg uncertainty principle might kick in if you do and throw the whole thing off—but we think we’re seeing the beginnings of a trend towards the off-road sports car. The Audi Nanuk, the Italdesign Parkour, the Ducati 1199 TerraCorsa, they’re just the beginnings of a trend towards cars with sports-car performance on-road and SVT Raptor performance off-road. Considering we live in New York City, whose roads make Kabul look like Spa, and make frequent trips to the more rural parts of the country, we’re firmly in favor of this trend.
And the latest to throw their hat into the ring is Subaru, which should be one hundred percent unsurprising to anyone who knows a damn thing about Subaru. The Subaru Cross Sport Design concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, appears to be what you’d get if you cross-bred a BRZ and an XV Crosstrek: a two-door shooting brake wagon with a wee bit of lift and a tad of body cladding to protect the fenders from mud, rocks, and the shattered bones of your enemies you drive over.
Subaru doesn’t say if the Cross Sport Design Concept is heading towards production, though apt Suobservers* will note that a) Subaru rarely builds concept cars that don’t presage a production model and b) the Cross Sport Design Concept hardly seems unrealistic, considering it appears to be based on a slightly conceptified version of a BRZ. (It’s only two inches longer than the BRZ, for what it’s worth.) Subaru says they see this sort of car as “the next trend in urban SUVs,” so we’re taking that as a good sign, too. We’ll take ours with the new WRX’s turbocharged 2.0 liter boxer four and all-wheel-drive with a 30/70 front/rear bias, please. Oh, and a stick shift. [via Car and Driver, GT Spirit]
*Subaru observers, obviously.