Subaru announced today that it will introduce the BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car (also check the BRZ STI Concept) at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show which will take place later this month, but the Japanese manufacturer also revealed an updated version for its hybrid due in 2013.
Dubbed the Advanced Tourer Concept, this concept takes Subaru in a new direction and it is powered by a downsized 1.6-liter, turbo-charged, direct-injection engine as well as by an electric motor system and company’s latest continuously variable transmission.
Moreover, the vehicle will be fitted with regenerative braking from all four wheels that can recharge the vehicle's lithium ion battery. Furthermore, the concept is expected to provide a 50 percent increase in fuel efficiency, and will also be all-wheel drive. More details will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Regarding the BRZ, this car will get a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine and will be the first Subaru equipped with direct fuel injection, a system borrowed from Toyota.
This engine will use either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. No details regarding the performances or the specs but the Tokyo Motor Show will solve everything as the Japanese manufacturer will reveal everything we need to know there!
The Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept is one of a kind in its environmental friendliness and yet manages to retain the joys of driving a larger vehicle.
Embodying the design mission of 'Confidence in Motion', this C-segment class car has been designed to be a revolutionary force in the sports touring market but also seeks out to provide exceptional performance and utility.
This concept car has a number of exceptional features including an exterior design unlike any other and it includes the Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine which comes with direct fuel injection.
These features have been designed in mind with Subaru's Hybrid Electric Vehicle. This prompted the engineers to come up with a series of innovations such as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) which has allowed for an even better, sportier vehicle.
The Tourer looks stylish, elegant and portrays Subaru's 'Confidence in Motion' slogan. It is a comforting drive with a surprising amount of power and whilst in motion, the lines highlight its aesthetics.
The quality interior mirrors the outside appearance. It provides a comfortable, enjoyable as well as a safe experience.
The interior is aided in its spacious feel with the roof being made of glass. The interior exudes an earthy tone with the inclusion of woods and metals into the layout but it doesn't lack for technology with a monitor built into the steering wheel which allows access to the internet, television and maps as well as all manner of information in a safe and contemporary environment.