Over at Subaru, the Advanced Tourer Concept has made its debut at the TMS. The company describes it as a new generation sports wagon, and the 4.58 metre-long B-pillarless vehicle combines a horizontally-opposed Boxer engine linked to a hybrid system.
The 1.6 litre turbo engine includes direct fuel injection and showcases technology that will guide the brand’s future engine strategy. Mated to a Lineartronic CVT gearbox, Subaru says the mill drastically improves combustion efficiency at practical driving speeds.
A single-motor hybrid system, with attendant lithium-ion battery, is used for its simple structure and light weight – the system has an Electric Vehicle mode that allows All-Wheel Drive motion using only the motor at start-up and low speed. When decelerating, the regenerating mechanism uses the motor as a power generator.
Unique features include a roof made of glass to add to the vehicle’s spacious cabin feel, as well as a large monitor built into the steering wheel, which allows access to maps, television and the Internet.