Subaru to debut Advanced Tourer Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Subaru's Advanced Tourer Concept is scheduled to make its official debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show which begins on December 3. The concept sports wagon is being touted as a "Revolutionary Sports Tourer" that highlights Subaru's global brand statement "Confidence in Motion."

Claimed to deliver superior driving performance and utility, the Advanced Tourer Concept features a new horizontally-opposed Subaru boxer engine with direct fuel injection and a turbocharger. There's also a built-in electric motor which makes the Advanced Tourer Concept a hybrid vehicle. The electric motor allows for an Electric Vehicle (EV) mode that enables all-wheel-drive capability during start-up and travel at low speeds. Subaru's Lineatronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is coupled to the engine and is the world's first longitudinally-mounted chain-driven CVT for use in a mass-produced all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Version 2 of Subaru's EyeSight collision avoidance system is also featured on the Advanced Tourer Concept. EyeSight makes use of camera technology that detects hazards in front of the vehicle, and the system can even stop the vehicle if necessary.

Although wagons are typically styled for practicality and utility, the Advanced Tourer Concept features a very distinct and imposing design. The most notable design trait is the bulging, sculpted bodywork which gives the Subaru concept a muscular, aggressive appearance. Inside, the Advanced Tourer Concept features a "human-centred philosophy" with seating for four occupants. The cabin is finished with wood and metal trim and the entire roof section is made of glass for an airy, spacious ambiance. There's also a monitor built into the steering wheel that displays maps, television and Internet services.

While details about the new Advanced Tourer Concept are currently sketchy, more information will likely be divulged once the sports wagon concept debuts in Tokyo this December. Joining the Advanced Tourer Concept will be an all-new Subaru Impreza, as well as Subaru's rear-wheel-drive BRZ sports coupe, co-developed with Toyota. The Subaru exhibition at the Tokyo Motor Show will also showcase the Japanese automaker's latest vehicle technologies.

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Topics: Wagon, Hybrid, Subaru, 2011, Advanced Tourer Concept, Tokyo, EyeSight Collision Avoidance System,

Organizations: Subaru, Tokyo Motor

Geographic location: Tokyo

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