In 2014, Subaru announced its management vision, Prominence 2020. In line with this, the brand is launching the Subaru Global Platform as part of the six initiatives to fulfill its vision of enhancing the brand further.
Featuring horizontally-opposed engines, EyeSight technology, and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, the new Subaru Global Platform will be all about the standard foundation of Subaru's next-generation models.
FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga stated that the Subaru Global Platform brings Subaru's automotive system to a whole new level. It also marks a new milestone in the evolution of Subaru's offering value, "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind.” Moreover, the Subaru Global Platform is a culmination of the "know-how" that Subaru has developed through the years.
Yoshinaga claimed that the car brand is confident that the project will lead to the production of more vehicles that live up to Subaru's traditions and meet customers' expectations and satisfactions.
The key features of the next-generation platform, which look ahead to 2025, includes a dramatic dynamic appeal that goes beyond high performance. Supported by new and innovative specifications, the new platform offers an entirely new driving experience that directly appeals to the senses and offers unquestionable smoothness.
Specifically, Subaru hopes to enhance the dynamic feel in terms of straight-line stability, noise and vibration suppression, and comfort.
With the Subaru Global Platform, rigidity is dramatically improved throughout the body and chassis. The improvement ranges from a 70 to 100 percent rigidity increase over present models.
There are also significant enhancements employed to the suspension while a lower center of gravity is achieved as well. This brings a highly responsive steering, allowing drivers to control the vehicle as precisely as possible.
The unnecessary handling movements have been eradicated to make the vehicle grip the road surface better. Subaru understands that there is a need for better straight-line stability in future models.
Noise and Vibration Suppression
The overall torsional rigidity is improved by 70 percent because of stronger joints and an optimized frame structure. It also distributed the resonance and distortion throughout the vehicle, reducing significantly the vibrations generated from the seats, floor, and steering wheel.
With an increased suspension mounting rigidity, the Subaru Global Platform enhances the absorption of the suspension without warping the car's body. This provides a smooth and comfortable driving experience under all driving conditions.
The rear stabilizer is directly mounted to the body, reducing the overall body roll of the vehicle by 50 percent compared to current models.
The Subaru Global Platform also offers state-of-the-art safety features. It achieves a low center of gravity that is 5 mm below that of the present models. Along with the improved rigidity and suspension, the low center of gravity also leads to a more stable experience on the road as it demonstrates excellent danger avoidance capabilities similar to high-performance sports vehicles.
A frame structure also enables more efficient energy absorption during a collision. Together with the improved rigidity resulting from the use of more high-tensile steel plates, which include materials created using hot press method, the impact energy absorption is enhanced by 40 percent compared to existing models.
More improvements are expected in terms of materials and strength, heightening anticipations to continue to offer world-class collision safety specifications in the long run.
Subaru's Single Design Concept
The Single Design Concept for the development of new-generation vehicles makes them adaptable to future electrification. The main specifications of all models will be laid out all at once. These features will be adjusted to match the requirements of other models, strengthening the entire lineup of Subaru while allowing it to develop further models that complement one another's strengths.
Moreover, it allows a design concept to be adapted to gasoline engines, electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles (HV), plug-in hybrids, and other alternative power types. Single Design Concept maximizes the use of limited development teams and facilities effectively to work on a diverse lineup.
This also drives savings into areas that make Subaru models more competitive in the market. With the Single Design Concept, more platform components for several models in the same production facility will be produced compared to manufacturing them in a number of plants.
While cutting costs, it also increases the production efficiency at both Subaru's factories and partner industries. The Single Design Concept will make it easier for the two factories in Japan and the Indiana Automotive plant in the US to perform the production of various models on a single assembly line, improving the overall flexibility of the production system worldwide.
From now on, the Subaru Global Platform will be employed in producing Subaru cars— starting off with the all-new Subaru Impreza that is due by late 2016. FHI stays true to its philosophy of becoming "a compelling company with a strong market presence" as it upholds a customer-first policy.