• Oct 21st 2009 at 8:28AM
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Subaru Hybrid Tourer -- Click above for high-res image gallery

The Subaru Hybrid Tourer is sharp-nosed and an all-out sharp piece of car. The car's flat floor hides two electric motors, one aft that powers the car in low-speed acceleration and assists with acceleration, and one up front connected to a direct-injection turbocharged gas engine. The Tourer is also fitted with Subaru's trademark symmetrical all-wheel drive system and a Lineatronic CVT transmission.

As for its design, Subie officials tell us that the nose points the way for Subaru's new corporate face and the rest of the car indicates the general design language we'll see from the brand represented by the Pleiades. "It will be anti-Bangle, editing, not adding – cars have too many character lines now." But forget about the gullwing doors -- those were fitted to provide the best view of the interior. You can have a great view of it in the gallery of high-res photos below.

Photos copyright ©2009 Jonathon Ramsey / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you Subaru for wising up and realizing that the customer is right. Customers think your new cars are ugly, too feminine, and won't buy, unless at the assistance of massive discounts.

      The new Impreza and Legacy are abominations of uglyness. There is no cohesive design anguage anythere, just a hodgepodge of contrasting design elements from other cars. Your new cars also feel cheap, especially to existing Subau owners. The plastics feel cheap, you stopped clear coating the inside of the doors like before, and the seats are even worse than the bad ones you've always had (too flat, not enough cush).

      The 2005-2007 Legacy GT and 2005 Imprezas were the last good body you made. I sold Subarus for 3 years and have a 2005 Legacy GT Wagon and was thinking I will just have to keep it forever, because Subaru refuses to release anything attractive upto this point.

      This new car a a great step towards correcting the wrongs of the past (particularly the nose). Keep up the good work.

      Someone was bashing CVT earlier. Nothing wrong with CVTs if they are properly maintained. Problem is Subaru owners tend to abuse and neglect their cars. (To them its strictly an object of utility) Subaru built the first mass production car with a CVT back in the 80s, called the Justy. It had decent service life, no worse than a regular automatic, but it was definately more expensive to repair/replace than a typical automatic gearbox when it did go wrong. It's a matter of scale, few were made (Subaru was still a small car company then) therefore replacement parts were expensive, particularly the older it got.

      -Trevor Bommersbach
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, put this new corporate face on the Subaru's version of the FT-86 and we have a winner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        while at it,
        refresh the Legacy & Impreza with this face as well & watch Subaru's sales go up up up

        i'd be all over the Legacy
      • 5 Years Ago
      I give it a year, two maybe. That's about how long each "new corporate face, for reals this time!" seems to have lasted...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ""It will be anti-Bangle, editing, not adding – cars have too many character lines now."

      This statement is simply wonderful, at least as principle. We'll see about practice, but I wish more car companies would follow this line of thought. I hate that seemingly every sedan out there has a Bangle butt now, and others like Acura have swung and whiffed big time with the more-complex-creases-for-the-sake-of-complex-creases approach. I'd buy a Subie now, odd styling being a negative on the new Outback too (and well, every previous one really), but this would seal the deal for myself and even my wife who seems more concerned about what I look like in my car than I do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking good.

      But no creases and curves on top of creases and curves?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will BUY it !
      Ideal car !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Subaru NEEDS this standard of design desperately. The new Outback is massively coated in design cliche with fakey ribbed rocker panels (which just add weight and zero function), jagged, sloppy disjointed rear light shapes for no good reason, Sebring (!) headlights and a sad, anonymous front grille they couldn't possibly be proud of. Clean design so much better represents an enduring brand like Subaru than the current mishmash of cheezy, ersatz 'rugged' styling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a definite improvement over the chrome mustache on the Impreza and Forester and the awkward face of the Legacy. I can't wait for them to all be face lifted now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm quite sure the ToyoBaru version from Subaru will look quite similar to this. It looks an awful lot like Alfas Brera, though. Especially at the rear...
      • 5 Years Ago
      After driving a Caliber I shudder every time I read CVT transmission. Anyone have experience with a good one ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Between this and the Honda SkyDeck, are these companies realizing that you don't need a giant, tall, square BRICK of a vehicle to transport people on the road?

      About time. And about time they realize that classic, clean design elements, even despite odd grilles, are GOOD THINGS, and can be interpreted in a thoroughly modern way.

      And that ingress and egress in a crowded parking lot is something to give thought to, in door design.

      Thank you for starting to get the point...

      Now, if I can ask two more favors... BUILD THEM, with normal, affordable, maintainable propulsion systems, not technical fads that add costs.

      And expand this to include sleek cars for people who don't need to haul around four full-size seats all the time.

      If these are grand touring cars for 4 people, or 6, in Honda's case... how about some grand touring coupes for 2 people, and the occasional short-distance rear seat passenger. (Subaru.... that means SVX. Honda, that means a new Prelude. BOTH preferably AWD, at least optional RL-like full-time SH-AWD on the Hondas . :D )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking at the interaction between the lines on the hood and grill I think this would be absolutely gorgeous in real life. Pictures I doubt do it justice. And as someone said before, less is indeed more. Not surprising that Subaru is the first manufacturer to really get a clue that "character lines" is often just a euphemism for "We suck at designing and decided more lines would make it look edgier". *Cough* Ferrari 458! *cough*
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