• Oct 20th 2005 at 12:44AM
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The Subaru booth was apparently hopping yesterday at the Tokyo Motor Show where the Japanese automaker showed off a stable of concept and production vehicles, the most impressive of which is the B5-TPH. The idea of the concept is to not only mix elements of a wagon and SUV, but also combine a turbocharged gas engine with an electric motor. Dubbed a turbo parallel hybrid, the electric motor serves to nearly eliminate turbo lag by assisting the 2.0L Miller cycle engine at low revs. The concept also features the standard Subie Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and some fancy technology called IVX-II that employs a pair of stereo cameras and a milliwave radar unit to scan and detect the vehicle's oncoming environment. One also has to wonder, is this the face of the next Impreza?

Follow the link for more pics and a full press release on the B5-TPH and other models Subaru has on display.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I feel I should point out that this is *not* a traditional engine underneath the hood. Miller cycle engines need forced induction to function at peak efficiency. We've seen them once or twice here in the states, previously as a Mazda Millenium with a supercharged miller cycle V6, I believe. For more information... http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question132.htm
      • 9 Years Ago
      WHY must gimmicky designs be so popular these days? Simple is beautiful people. Oh yeah, the turbo hybrid idea's fine, although electric hybrids are just a fad anyways. Saab found significant gains in fuel economy using alight pressure turbo, and just judging from the current Twincharging system from VW, I'd say turbocharging does wonders for fuel economy (considering power extracted).
      • 9 Years Ago
      2 tone = puke http://www.japanesecarfans.com/news/2050928.009/2050928.009.Mini2L.jpg I rest my case.
      • 9 Years Ago
      WRX power with double the MPG. It's called having your cake and eating it, too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I HOPE that is the new Impreza FACE, but not the butt! Love the red Legacy Wagon's Grill! What the new Audi Grill should have been!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder who came up with the turbo idea. "Hey Bob, whatcha think about adding a turbo to 'dat new hybrid we're makin'?" "Wouldn't that mitigate the whole purpose of a hybrid; to save on gas?" "Well, I don't think so. Actually I think it would open us up to a new market, you know, people who would like a fast car but still try to save on gas and help the environment" "Good point, excuse my stupidity"
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder who came up with the turbo idea. "Hey Bob, whatcha think about adding a turbo to 'dat new hybrid we're makin'?" "Wouldn't that mitigate the whole purpose of a hybrid; to save on gas?" "Wha...what? What are you some kind of pussy? You make $80,000 a year, what are you whining about? Pussy." "Oh fine, put a turbo on it, see if I care."
      • 9 Years Ago
      Five pages of pics of it here: http://autos.goo.ne.jp/motorshow/gallery/car/subaru/gallery1.html