Tak­ing Lib­erty

What you see next month may not be what you get

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

con­cept so Subaru can tweak some of the de­tails be­fore drop­ping the car into show­rooms, most likely in the sec­ond half of next year, but all the ba­sics are the same as the pro­duc­tion model.

It is set to tackle the world’s best in its class, in­clud­ing every­thing from the Mazda6 to the Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat. The body de­sign is much more ag­gres­sive with a prom­i­nent nose in­clud­ing the lat­est Subaru ‘‘ face’’, high sides with a mus­cu­lar belt­line, and ac­cen­tu­ated wheel arches.

To power the new wagon and the sedan that will fol­low, Subaru has down­sized its lineup of 2.0 and 2.5-litre boxer turbo en­gines to cre­ate a cleaner, more fuel-ef­fi­cient 1.6-litre turbo pow­er­plant. There also will be a unique, Subaru-de­vel­oped sin­gle­mo­tor hy­brid sys­tem with lithium-ion bat­ter­ies, which the en­gi­neers say has en­abled them to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion while main­tain­ing roughly the same power out­put as en­gines with greater dis­place­ment.

With a re­vised ver­sion of the com­pany’s well-known sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel drive sys­tem, the new wagon can run in elec­tric-only mode from rest and at low speeds.

The de­sign work on the Tourer in­cludes wood, pol­ished alu­minium and leather in the cabin. There is a full glass sun­roof. A large mon­i­tor in the cen­tre of the steer­ing wheel dis­plays sat-nav di­rec­tions and has in­ter­net ac­cess.

The Tourer in­cor­po­rates Subaru’s Eye­sight crash avoid­ance sys­tem, which uses two cam­eras mounted above the rear-view mir­ror to mon­i­tor traf­fic con­di­tions and to de­tect pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Apart from the Tourer Con­cept and the BRZ, the Subaru stand at Tokyo will in­clude the new Im­preza G4 and the lat­est­wrx­hotrod, the Sti-tuned S206 based on the ex­ist­ing four-door STI.

Judg­ing sen­ti­ment: The tourer con­cept will be tweaked be­fore

be­com­ing the Subaru Lib­erty

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