Subaru Will Show Hybrid Tourer Concept in Tokyo

By Editors on November 30, 2009 10:32 AM

Wonder wagons have long been a Subaru strong suit, and for the Tokyo Motor Show, the automaking arm of Fuji Heavy Industries has prepared a stunning 21st century concept that blends equal measures of style and sustainability. Visually, the Hybrid Tourer complements its boldly contoured bodywork and dramatic lighting details with oversize gull-wing doors that ease access/egress to an airy passenger cabin with four individually heated/cooled bucket seats that are covered in special leather that offers superior "breathability." The Hybrid Tourer's dash can be raised or lowered to accommodate any given driver and its large greenhouse area features specially coated windshield glass that helps reduce eyestrain under different lighting conditions. Underneath, the Hybrid Tourer teams Subaru's well-proven Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with a "next-generation" power unit package. It consists of a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine fitted with the firm's first direct fuel injection system, a specially optimized version of Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic transmission and a unique two-motor hybrid drive setup that allows for multimode operation.

During normal conditions, the Hybrid Tourer is designed to run on its gasoline engine and engages its 27-horsepower rear motor to enhance acceleration. The motor also can provide full zero-emission EV motivation under low-speed/low-mpg conditions. A 13-horse motor/generator unit up front replenishes the Hybrid Tourer's high-performance lithium-ion battery pack and will apply its extra muscle to the front wheels whenever the vehicle is accelerating uphill. While some of the Hybrid Tourer's visual and mechanical elements are likely to turn up on future Subaru production models there are currently no plans to transition this slick one-off into a volume-build status.