Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru brand will unveil a hybrid tourer concept car at next month’s Tokyo motor show, opening Oct. 24.
The hybrid tourer maintains its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and horizontally opposed boxer engine credentials in a sporty gullwing-door design, Subaru says in a statement. The car features a luxurious cabin and a sculpted aerodynamic body.
The concept sports a flat rear floor to maximize passenger space; specialized windscreen shielding to reduce driver eyestrain; and a new leather seat covering developed with superior breathability – a ventilation function is used in the seats for improved comfort and texture, Subaru says.
The next-generation power unit incorporates a 2.0L horizontally opposed direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine with Lineartronic continuously variable transmission and a hybrid system. The concept uses a high-performance lithium-ion battery.
The direct injection system enhances fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and improves torque and overall engine response.
The Lineartronic CVT draws on technology recently introduced in the current-generation Legacy and Outback, offering stepless gearing and contributes to optimum fuel efficiency.
The 2-motor hybrid system features a power/drive motor in the front and a drive motor in the rear. At start-up and extremely low speeds, such as entering a garage, when fuel efficiency is low, the rear motor is used primarily to allow driving without gasoline-engine power.
During normal driving, the gasoline engine is primarily used, with the direct fuel-injection turbo offering a new level of responsiveness linked to symmetrical all-wheel drive.
During acceleration, the rear motor assists the engine. When accelerating uphill, the front motor, which is normally used as a power generator, also assists in driving the front axle.
The system features stop/start capability and regenerative brakes.
Subaru also will use the show to preview its new EyeSight + safety system, which is integrated with vehicle-to-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communication technology. It includes an “assist-collision prevention” support system that uses stereo camera technology to recognize a wide range of driving environments.
The advanced recognition performance of EyeSight, using a stereo camera and a specialized 3-dimensional image-processing engine, excels at pre-collision safety, recognizing both pedestrians and cyclists, Subaru says.
The next-generation driver-assistance system continuously detects vehicles that move into and out of blind spots and advises the driver on appropriate driving maneuvers.