Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept - 2011 Tokyo Motor Show
Dropping rather blatant hints at the styling direction we can expect to see in the next-generation Legacy, the Subaru Advanced Tourer took to the stands in Tokyo, also boasting the automaker's latest take on super-efficient hybrid powertrain technology. Holding true to teaser images of the Advanced Tourer Concept released last month, the exterior of this wagon displays an edgier, more aggressive execution of the "Confidence in Motion" design language initially seen on the Impreza Design Concept revealed last year in Los Angeles.
Access to the cabin of the Advanced Tourer Concept is made easier by the absence of a B-pillar and the presence of unique scissor-hinge front doors and rear-hinged aft ports. Inside, this wonder wagon displays similar high-profile flair, with individual seats for four covered in white leather set off with metal and wood trim accents. Overhead, a full panorama glass roof panel further enhances the premium ambiance.
Suitable motivation for the Advanced Touring Concept comes from a hybrid setup that pairs an electric motor with a new generation of 1.6-liter horizontally-opposed gasoline engine. Both are linked to an application-specific Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission that ships power to the pavement via a dedicated version of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system. Fitted with direct fuel injection and high-pressure turbocharging, the new 1.6-liter four-cylinder significantly improves combustion compared to the force-feeding technology used on Subaru's current 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines while still maintaining impressive performance. Subaru plans to use that potent combination across its lineup to help it meet future fuel-economy requirements in the U.S and around the world.
As for its hybrid component, the Subaru Advanced Touring Concept is designed to operate in pure EV mode at startup and for short periods of low-speed driving. Like all modern hybrids, it uses regenerative braking to help recharge the battery pack under deceleration.