Subaru debuts “Advanced Tourer Concept” at Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru will unveil an “Advanced Tourer Concept” at Tokyo Motor Show, at the end of November. It will join the BRZ sports car as one of two major Subaru debuts at the show.

The Advanced Tourer Concept combines superior driving performance and utility. It features an innovative exterior design and is powered by a turbocharged horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, with direct fuel injection, plus an efficient hybrid system linked to Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD).

A glass panel roof enhances the feel of interior spaciousness, while a large monitor is built into the steering wheel allowing access to maps, television and internet services.

Engine
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the maker of Subaru cars, says the direct fuel injection turbo engine is one of the main technologies that will guide Subaru’s future engine strategy. Not only is acceleration quick and smooth, the engine is environmentally friendly. The 1600cc engine offers drastically improved combustion efficiency in the practical driving speed range.

Hybrid system
Subaru’s hybrid system has been developed to harmonize with the Symmetrical AWD technology. A single motor system is used for its simple structure and light weight. The system has an Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, which allows AWD motion using only the motor at start-up and on low-speed drives. When decelerating, the regenerating mechanism uses the motor as a power generator.

The Advanced Tourer Concept is also equipped with Subaru’s advanced EyeSight™ driver assist system, in which the recognition range of the stereo camera has expanded considerably, both in width and depth.

Transmission
The Advanced Tourer Concept features a high torque compatible Lineartronic™ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), refined to match the high-power output turbo engine.

Major Specifications
Length x Width x Height: 4580 x 1840 x 1430mm
Engine: 1.6 litre horizontally-opposed direct fuel injection turbo Boxer engine
Transmission: High torque compatible Lineartronic CVT
Drivetrain: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with hybrid system
Battery type: Lithium-ion battery

Subaru BRZ
Based on FHI’s concept of “Pure Handling Delight”, BRZ’s core is the horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, known for its light weight, compact size and low centre of gravity. Its rear-wheel drive platform is ultra-low, offering excellent handling performance.

Engine
BRZ features a new 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder Boxer engine, especially designed for the sports car. Bore and stroke are set in a square formation of 86 x 86mm. Combine with the direct fuel injection technology, known as D-4S, this enables higher output and efficiency.

Major specifications
Length x Width x Height: 4240 x 1775 x 1300mm
Wheelbase: 2570mm
Engine: 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed direct fuel injection Boxer engine
Transmission: 6MT/E-6AT
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
Suspension: Front – strut; rear – double wishbone

A press briefing by Fuji Heavy Industries President Mr Yasuyuki Yoshinaga is scheduled for 0915 Japan time on November 30, at the show.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.