Within the next two years, Subaru is planning to roll out its new Impreza Concept’s styling features across its full range. These design changes will come with fresh engineering that includes an all-new hybrid powertrain to go with the latest boxer engine. Sources told Autocar that these styling cues include the prominent shoulder line, blistered wheel arches and deep front air intakes.
These are expected to be seen on a series of new cars, including the Subaru version of the Toyota FT-86 sports coupé and a hybrid variant of the Legacy. This coupé will be the first Subaru to receive Subaru’s latest generation of boxer engine, its first all-new version of the popular layout in 21 years.
This 1995cc unit, which is known as FB-type, was previewed last autumn. It has a longer stroke than the old EJ-type powerplant. Subaru disclosed that this permits maximum torque at lower revs, which boosts the power delivery and raises fuel economy by 10%.
However, it’s unlikely that Subaru will fit a totally standard 2.0-litre FB engine into its coupé. Engineers have extensively modified the head to free up as much as 200bhp from the motor. The car will feature a six-speed manual gearbox and it is capable of going from zero to 60mph in about 7.5sec.
It is slated to start selling in 2012. One year later, Subaru will use the Impreza Concept’s looks for its new Legacy hybrid that features Toyota technology.
The Japanese carmaker’s THS II hybrid system, which featured on the previous-generation Prius, will be attached to a 2.5-litre version of the new boxer motor. Autocar reported that Subaru is likely to turbocharge the engine so that its performance and efficiency will improve. [via autocar]