Here’s the Subaru Viziv Performance Concept, fresh from its unveiling at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. In short, this is a preview of the brand’s next-generation sports sedan, which is a thinly-veiled nod to the WRX.

The new concept – the first sedan in the Viziv design study range – draws inspiration from a few iconic Subaru models: the Legacy, which defined Subaru as a driver’s car, the Impreza, which took the World Rally Championship by storm, and the WRX, which still dominates motor racing around the world.

It measures 4,630 mm long, 1,950 mm wide and 1,430 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,730 mm. The 20-inch wheels hide under bulbous flared arches and carbon-fibre extenders for a look that Subaru describes as a next-generation sports sedan that “encapsulates driving enjoyment.”

Carbon-fibre use is further extended to parts in the front bumper, bonnet scoop and rear diffuser that houses the quad exhaust pipes and Japan GT-style centralised rear fog lamp. Design flourishes include flush door handles, partially-lit front grille and a clever placement of Subaru’s EyeSight cameras that are integrated within the carbon-fibre roof.

Whether the real next-generation Subaru WRX will look as aggressive as this remains to be seen, but based on Subaru’s recent concept-to-production transition history, that’s rather unlikely. Still, though, do you like what you see here?