It’s been a few days since Derek and I returned from the 80th Geneva Motor Show which featured the world’s first ‘Boxer’-hybrid powerplant and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Hybrid Tourer Concept car, making its European debut at the show. The show car marries Subaru’s design DNA with an opulent and spacious cabin accessed through elongated gullwing-style doors, and an eye-catching, sculpted body. It will be exciting day when our Middlesbrough dealership sees the arrival of this vehicle!
The absence of B-pillars affords a heightened sense of light and space to the interior, providing occupants with a less obstructed view of the outside world- all very clever stuff! The swept-back panoramic windscreen and a height-adjustable dashboard afford the driver a similarly unhindered vantage point. I was definately impressed, the attached picture shows the Concept car in all its glory!
The innovative hybrid system uses Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed, direct-injection, turbocharged petrol ‘Boxer’ engine, allied to two electric motors – Subaru remains the only company to mate this engine layout to a hybrid drivetrain. The electric motors are powered by lithium-ion batteries – a 10kW item at the front and a 20kW unit at the rear.
In normal driving conditions the direct-injection petrol engine is used, but at lower speeds and start-up, the rear electric motor drives the car. The forward electric unit, which is mainly used as a power generator, kicks in to assist performance and efficiency while tackling inclines. Subaru’s in-house designed Lineartronic automatic transmission is featured, further boosting fuel efficiency and driving performance. In short breathtaking performance with beautiful styling! I’m just looking forward to getting behind the wheel!
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