What you see next month may not be what you get
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
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