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Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept hybrid (2011) news

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0800

Subaru won't just show the new BRZ sports car at the 2011 Tokyo motor show – it'll also unveil this Advanced Tourer Concept hybrid car.

Pitched as a hint at what could replace the Subaru Legacy, Subaru says the new Advanced Tourer Concept juggles 'driving performance and utility.'

This concept car is a bit smaller than today's Legacy, however; at 4580mm long, it's more C-segment sized than the current 4775mm Legacy wagon.

Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept: the lowdown

A few technical highlights to absorb here: Subaru's horizontally opposed boxer engine is downsized and now sports direct fuel injection. Mixed with high-pressure turbocharging, Subaru says it will allow today's 2.5 and 2.0-litre engines to shrink to just 1600cc.

The Advanced Tourer's 1.6 turbo drives through a Lineartronic CVT transmission, sending torque to all four wheels, as you'd expect on a Subaru.

Downsized 1.6 turbo, 4wd… anything else of technical merit?

Yes. The Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept is also a hybrid. It uses a single electric motor to provide a silent EV mode at low speeds, driving all four wheels. It's a full hybrid system, and will recharge the lithium-ion batteries under deceleration.

What about the design of the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept?

There's a full-length glass sunroof, while Scooby is experimenting with a digital monitor built into the steering wheel to display maps, TV and internet services.

We'll hear the full story on this car when it's unveiled on 30 November 2011.

By Tim Pollard