The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept was one of the vehicles
which on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
The vehicle represents a new, more cohesive design language
for Subaru. Over the past few years Subaru have bounced
back and forth between different design styles - resulting
in some pretty ugly vehicles. And while the Hybrid Tourer
Concept may not be the best looking vehicle on the planet,
it does show off a more chiseled and sculpted face than
current Subaru offerings.
The Hybrid Tourer Concept is Subaru's vision of a luxury
grant touring car, one that offers performance, handling
and comfort all in one package.
Powering the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept is a hybrid
drivetrain which uses a 2.0 litre, turbocharged, horizontally-opposed
boxer engine for the majority of the power. Backing this
up are a pair of electric motors, one at the front and
one at the rear. The electric motor at the front is located
between the engine and the CVT transmission.
At start-up and extremely low speeds when fuel efficiency
is low, such as when driving the car into a garage, the
rear motor is used primarily to allow driving without
utilizing the power of the engine. During acceleration,
the rear motor assists the engine to improve performance.
Further, when accelerating uphill, the front motor, which
is normally used as a power generator, assists to drive
the front axle. The integration of a start-stop technology
for the engine reduces unnecessary fuel consumption further.
The interior of the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept is accessed
through full-length gullwing doors. Inside are four individual
leather upholstered seats with a unique ventilation function
for improved comfort. A flat floor at the rear was achieved
- even with the AWD layout - to improve rear passenger