We get an advanced look at Subaru's latest concept, a hybrid tourer that combines a petrol engine, two motors, and new technologies.
Subaru has released photos and details of their upcoming design study in advance of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept will combine several of the company's latest technologies in one vehicle.
The car is powered by the next-generation of Subaru's engine line, a direct-injection, turbo-charged 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed engine. The petrol engine is mated to two electric motors, including a 10 kW unit at the front and a 20 kW unit in back. The rear motor is used for powering the vehicle when the engine is not needed, while the front motor runs the electrics. The front motor also helps pull the car when going uphill.
The two motors are powered by a Lithium-Ion battery.
Additionally, Subaru is using a Lineartronic Contiuously Variable Transmission, and their signature all-wheel drive. Regenerative braking, and start/stop, have been added to increase efficiency.
The automaker also installed their "EyeSight" system, which uses "stereo camera technology" to assist in avoiding collisions. Presumably, the camera, or cameras, forms a three-dimensional image that the system is capable of analyzing.
With gullwing doors, ventilated leather seats, and a completely flat floor, the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept is sure to be a hit when it is introduced on 21 October in Tokyo.