• Oct 12th 2009 at 1:30PM
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Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept - click above for high-res image gallery

Subaru has just released a bunch of new images of its Hybrid Tourer concept that is slated to debut next week at the Tokyo Motor Show. The gullwing wagon/hatch/thingy is Subaru's first major cut at a hybrid and the first from anyone using a boxer four-cylinder engine. A pair of electric motors provide regenerative braking, pure electric drive and blended electric boost, with a lithium ion battery pack as the energy storage medium.

Subaru has been working with their partners at Toyota to produce this new hybrid architecture, and it will likely appear in production vehicles in the next few years. Besides the hybrid system, the concept also includes a new direct injected version of its 2.0-liter turbo boxer engine that will also probably appear in production vehicles before long.

[Source: Subaru]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Jeeeez, even Subaru concept cars look boring and uninspiring. At least I know from where Subie gets inspiration for its production cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not my favorite electric subaru, even if it still has a boxer four in it.

      Here's a two-motor electric racing impreza. I find the race reports to be fascinating.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really want to make Subaru my favorite car brand, but I cant. They keep going the wrong way with styling...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, Audi bass-mouth grille and VW taillights. Good job Subaru!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kinda looks like a stretched Alfa Brera from the side and rear. Who cares though. It's a good looking Subaru! Hallelujah!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks hot!

      But Subaru seems to have an identity crisis. They STILL haven't figured out a way to incorporate their new corporate grille into their designs in a satisfactory manner. It works in the sketches, but looks tacked on in real life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it AWD and this thing is awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly, looks like the Toyota A-BAT concept was turned into a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is by far one of the most inspiring concepts I've seen in a long time. Beautiful! And that is coming from a guy who has, in the past, been consistently disgusted with Subaru concepts.

      The air intakes, exhaust, size, overall shape, width, lines, tail lights, almost all of it, very nice.

      Looks like ground clearance is fairly low, so maybe not too capable off of paved roads.

      Congratulations to the designers
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny that people now days actually support design rip offs and call them good looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Darn, and I thought Subaru had finally decided on a style vocabulary. It looks like they are changing languages again...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a fan of Subaru usually but I really like the exterior design on this. It doesn't seem too far fetched for them to keep most of that styling in a production car - though I can't imagine the doors will make it on a production model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can Subaru just make a recognizable face and stick with it for more than 2 years??
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