• Mar 5th 2010 at 8:03AM
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Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

This much we know: Subaru is ready to get into the hybrid marketplace. This much is a given following numerous rumors and reports that the Japanese automaker, which is currently tied at the hip to Toyota, wants to have its first hybridized vehicle on the market by 2012. Further, Subaru showed off its Hybrid Tourer concept at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year.

Here's what we don't know: What vehicle will Subaru use to introduce the world to its hybrid drivetrain? Initial speculation put the fuel-sipping technology into the larger Legacy platform, if for no other reason than the fact that the Legacy is Subaru's flagship sedan in the States. What's more, the aforementioned Hybrid Tourer concept wasn't exactly a little car.

Now, though, Road & Track is reporting that the next-gen Impreza, due quite fortuitously in 2012, will be Subie's first hybrid. We'd be shocked if Subaru's hybrid tech wasn't borrowed from Toyota, which is undoubtedly the world leader in hybrids, and it seems equally as likely that Subaru's favored flat-four Boxer motor would be featured. Besides that, we're in the dark.

[Source: Road & Track]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice design, but I doubt anything like this would ever hit production.
      Designers love gull wing doors, but the total number of production vehicles with these doors sold worldwide has got to be less than 100k. If your intention is to make the vehicle exclusive and a very low sales volume then this design may work.

      Also if you look at subaru's target market the number 1 add-on has got to be roof racks for bikes, kayaks, cargo etc that will not work with these doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thumbs down - they should bring the European boxer diesel engine over here.

      If VW and even Mahindra can make a U.S.-spec diesel engine, I'm sure Subaru can do it better for far cheaper than an expensive gasoline-electric hybrid system.

      Since they have to drive all 4 wheels I doubt an IMA setup would get them to CAFE targets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like there might be a new class of sporty hybrids with stronger and stronger rumors of hybird Focus RS, Impreza and Evo.

      I guess this concept will use the 2 liter boxer with a turbo and electric assist.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More concept BS. When the day comes that they actually bring these things out is the day I'll open up my $100 bottle of champagne.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm stoked. Its about damn time Subaru.... Colorado has been waiting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see how Subie takes on the hybrid forray I am thinking they wont try and build a full on hyper-miler mainly because even having a "soft" hybrid like IMA in the Honda's would yeild a signifacant MPG boost then the regular car. A full-on set-up like the Yota's would be huge while Subie could focus on better performance aswell. I really hope they dont go full blown hyper-miler!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that awd is the way to go when you live in a snowy climate as I live in Canada so I know all about it, but I am hoping that Subie will go hybrid with out making it another Pruis... At the end of the day if all I wanted was MPG I would have kept my 1.6 Geo Storm with the 5spd. $30 to fill the little car and it ran well over 400km each time most times close to 550km
        • 5 Years Ago

        As loyal Subaru owners, we are ECSTATIC that we shall be able to buy a reliable, AWD Subie - AND have hybrid drive! Excellent!

        I tell all my buddies at work: "I'd buy a Prius right now- if - they put all wheel drive on the thing!" Because - let's face it - when you live in REAL SNOW COUNTRY, then front wheel drive is absurd.

        So, now, all I can say is: YAY! SUBARU! BRING US YOUR HYBRID!

        Now, if only Subaru would import their excellent DIESEL!!!
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