SUBARU HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT
Undoubtedly, the new proposal for a future grand touring car – the HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT will be the star of Subaru's booth at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009. Combining in one environmental friendliness, driving performance, and safety at a high level, SUBARU HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT represents a big step in the evolition of Subaru's DNA.
Outside, the new HYBRID CONCEPT features an eye-catching sharp sculpted body design with many open glass areas.
Considered as one of the core factors of the ideal grand touring car, SUBARU HYBRID TOURER CONCEPT features four independent and comfortably positioned seats. The interior also benefits from a up and down movable dashboard, anti-eyestrain windshield and innovative leather covering with superior breathability.
In addition to refinements to Subaru's core technology such as Symmetrical AWD and Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Engine, further enhancements were made for improved environmental friendliness, driving performance and high safety performance by offering a next-generation power unit system and advanced safety technologies.
2.0-liter Horizontally-Opposed direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline engine
The Horizontally-Opposed turbo gasoline engine, with a reputation for powerful acceleration, is combined with a direct fuel-injection system for improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, and improved torque and response in practical range. This evolution in Subaru turbo technology excels in both environmental friendliness and engine performance.
- Lineartronic, Subaru's new generation automatic transmission, achieves further improvements in both fuel efficiency and driving performance by reinforcing parts for use with the high-power output of a turbo engine.
- To further enhance the appeal of the Symmetrical AWD system, this unique hybrid two-motor system features a power/drive motor in the front and a drive motor in the rear.
- 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 normal driving, the front engine is primarily used. The direct fuel-injection turbo gasoline mated with the Symmetrical AWD offers a whole new, Subaru driving experience.
- During acceleration, the rear motor assists the driving power of the engine to achieve advanced driving performance.
- Further, when accelerating uphill, the front motor, which is normally used as a power generator, assists to drive the front axle for improved performance.
- The implementation of a non-idling function that stops the engine when the car comes to a halt reduces unnecessary fuel consumption.
- The use of a high-performance lithium battery is based on experience and know-how achieved with the Subaru Plug-in STELLA electric vehicle, launched this summer. This includes the use of a precise energy management system and regenerative brake controls, for improvements in excellent fuel efficiency.
EyeSight + (plus)
Subaru has integrated its unique driving assist system, EyeSight, with vehicle-to-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communication technology. EyeSight includes an assist collision prevention support system that uses its unique stereo camera technology to recognize a wide range of driving environments. This next-generation driver assistance system provides improved safety and peace-of-mind for passengers, and represents a major evolution in collision detection performance.
- The advanced environment recognition performance of EyeSight, using a stereo camera and a specialized 3D image processing engine, excels at pre-collision safety through the recognition of both pedestrians and cyclists as well.
- Wide-ranging driving conditions that cannot be covered by a stereo camera alone are acquired through vehicle-to-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communication technology, which is then synchronized with EyeSight for a further evolution in preventative safety. Specifically, this system continuously detects vehicles that move into and out of blind spots, and advises the driver on appropriate driving maneuvers.