Subaru's Hybrid Tourer Concept is the brand’s vision for a grand touring car of the future to have the best environment-friendly features and all due to its hybrid system. The Hybrid Tourer Concept is the result of years of development. It is built around the brand’s two core technologies which are the "Horizontally-Opposed Boxer Engine" and the "Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)", and incorporated with the attractive body and the high-quality atmosphere of the interior.
By condensing its DNA, Subaru manages to exhibit how it has evolved in terms of safety performance, handling agility, and riding comfort. For its exterior, the sensation of freedom and the feeling of confidence when driving far regardless of the environment makes one think it has imaginary wings. The exterior displays an aerodynamic form which houses its advanced driving performance and the relaxing cabin.
The overall design of the exterior has elements that combine a solid body with that of open glass areas. At the heart of a grand touring car is the interior and this is no exception as the Hybrid Tourer Concept has four independent seats, each of which are positioned to allow maximum comfort. Passengers in the cabin are reassured of their safety while still being able to feel its openness. This is because when it comes to designing cars, Subaru has always followed its human-centered philosophy and thus ensures that the functions of the car are friendly to all its occupants.
Take for instance the dashboard. For this model, it can be moved horizontally, meaning up and down; and thus give the driver the ideal driving environment depending on the conditions. Even if the Hybrid Tourer Concept is all-wheel drive, the brand was still able to make sure that the rear seat had a flat floor thus improving both movement and use of the interior. Another occupant-friendly feature is that it helps reduce the driver’s eyestrain by having specialized shielding on the windshield.
The seats offer better comfort and nicer texture as the leather that covers it has ventilation and breathability functions. Aside from the use of the two core technologies, Subaru further improved what was already considered as better driving performance, high safety performance and environmental friendliness. The brand did this by offering state-of-the-art safety technologies and next-generation power unit system.
A clear example of this is the Horizontally-Opposed direct fuel-injection 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine. The engine is already known for providing outstanding acceleration but with the addition of the direct fuel-injection, the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, response and torque are improved. The emissions are also reduced. This is why the turbo technology was developed so that new vehicles will have both performance and environmental friendliness.
Paired with this engine is the brand’s latest automatic transmission, the Lineartronic (CVT). With this transmission, the driving performance and fuel efficiency are improved even further since it strengthens the parts that combine with the turbo engine for that high-power output. With a power-drive motor on the front and drive motor on its rear, the hybrid two-motor system improves even further the appeal of its Symmetrical AWD system.
The rear motor in particular can run the car without the need to use the engine’s power. This is very useful during start-up or when the vehicle is running at low speeds especially when the fuel efficiency is low. However, the front engine comes into play during normal driving. When the Symmetrical AWD is paired with the gas-powered direct fuel-injection turbo engine, occupants are able to have an amazing and unique driving experience.
Once the car accelerates, the engine is assisted by the rear motor to attain superior driving performance. When the car is accelerating uphill, the front motor this time aids in running the front axle, again improving performance. Otherwise, the front motor generally acts as a power generator. With the addition of a non-idling function, it allows the engine to stop when the vehicle comes to a halt. The result is that it lowers fuel consumption.
The hybrid system makes use of a lithium battery which is primarily based on its knowledge and experience with the Subaru Plug-in Stella electric vehicle that was launched in the summer. It also has regenerative brake controls and the precise energy management system which also helps with the fuel efficiency.
Hybrid Tourer Concept has also been integrated with the EyeSight. This is the brand’s own driving assist system that offers vehicle-to-vehicle as well as road-to-vehicle communication technology. The EyeSight also has the assist collision prevention support system.
The system is able to recognize a wide array of driving environment via its exclusive stereo camera technology. This driver assistance system is a good step forward when it comes to collision detection as it not only enhances safety but gives passengers peace of mind.