Subaru Hybrid Tourer concept ready for Tokyo

Subaru Hybrid Tourer concept ready for Tokyo

Subaru is adding a green edge to its renowned all-wheel drive technical know-how at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show next month. Subaru is preparing a Hybrid Tourer concept that uses three separate power sources to drive the wheels, this depends on the specific set of circumstances.

Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre horizontally opposed gasoline four-cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging technologies, as well as a CVT. The hybrid system combines these conventional powertrain technologies with twin electric motors–one on the front axle and one at the rear.

Similar to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, an electric motor is mated up to that gasoline engine and acts as a 10 kW motor when power is needed and a generator to recharge the lithium ion battery pack the rest of the time. A second electric motor sends 20 kW of power to the rear wheels under low-speed driving conditions and when maximum power is required. Because no driveshaft is required to connect the rear differential to the front-mounted engine, the concept has a flat floor for the rear occupants.

Subaru’s Hybrid Tourer Concept also displays some appropriate modern touches such as giant wing-like gullwing doors that offer access for both the front- and rear-seat passengers and a dashboard that shifts up and down to offer the driver an optimal view ahead.

Subaru is adding a green edge to its renowned all-wheel drive technical know-how at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show next month. Subaru is preparing a Hybrid Tourer concept that uses three separate power sources to drive the wheels, this depends on the specific set of circumstances.

Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre horizontally opposed gasoline four-cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging technologies, as well as a CVT. The hybrid system combines these conventional powertrain technologies with twin electric motors–one on the front axle and one at the rear.

Similar to Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, an electric motor is mated up to that gasoline engine and acts as a 10 kW motor when power is needed and a generator to recharge the lithium ion battery pack the rest of the time. A second electric motor sends 20 kW of power to the rear wheels under low-speed driving conditions and when maximum power is required. Because no driveshaft is required to connect the rear differential to the front-mounted engine, the concept has a flat floor for the rear occupants.

Subaru’s Hybrid Tourer Concept also displays some appropriate modern touches such as giant wing-like gullwing doors that offer access for both the front- and rear-seat passengers and a dashboard that shifts up and down to offer the driver an optimal view ahead.

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