In 2011 Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries confirmed that a hybrid Subaru would debut this year. Ever since, there's been speculation about what kind of technology the gasoline-electric hybrid would use – Subaru's own or some version of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, which car would debut the new system – Forester, Legacy, or Outback – and whether it would come to America or be a Japan-only model.

A report in The Detroit Bureau says that whatever that first model is, it could be shown as soon as the New York Auto Show, and while the company feels it's a must-have offering for the Japanese market it will also come to the US. It will have a Subaru-developed mild hybrid system that could have been previewed by the Hybrid Tourer concept shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, and is not expected to be able to drive on electric power alone. The Hybrid Tourer used a direct-injected, 2.0-liter boxer engine connected to a CVT and assisted by an electric motor rated at 13 horsepower. Subaru has yet to give anything away about the details of its hybrid plans, so we'll look to New York for the long-awaited unveil.


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      Dayv
      • 2 Years Ago
      13-hp of electric assist? I guess it'll help the car get started from a standstill, which does use a fair bit of gas, but hybrids this mild just seem like a waste of engineering.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dayv
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      americanjunglist
      • 2 Years Ago
      These dramatic and impractical concepts and design studies are so frustrating. Why show me something that can never happen? I hate a tease.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should bring back the SVX and make it look like that.
      alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of you are getting lost on the styling of the concept. All the rumors are that the hybrid will either be in the Forester or the Impreza. Autoblog could have just as easily posted this- http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/30/subaru-advanced-tourer-concept-is-an-awesome-angry-wagon/, which I\'d love to see in production. We\'ll all know soon enough.
      Hedo D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't they just bring in their diesel Subaru cars to US?
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        Probably because that diesel engine is trash. Ironically, while the EJ motors have long been pretty torquey for their size, the diesel boxer is pretty much gutless. It might be viable in countries where diesels are popular, but seeing as they're a tough sale here to begin with I don't think that motor would be worth the trouble here.
        Levine Levine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hedo D
        Yeah! How about a diesel hybrid Subaru?
          alistair.dillingham
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Levine Levine
          Are you willing to pay $5,000 extra? and have you checked in how many years (or decades) you will recover the $5k from reduced fuel cost?
      blasds78
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's easy for me to like the design, except for the Gullwing doors. I have no idea how those would be practical in most parking situations. The powertrain sounds like it will probably disappoint like the Malibu's.
        Slackjaw McGraw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blasds78
        You do know that the entire point of gullwing doors (aside from looking cool) is that they take up much less space when opened than a traditional door? There are dozens of videos on YouTube illustrating this. Nobody ever seems to understand that.
          blasds78
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Slackjaw McGraw
          I'm sure you've done more research than I have into this. I can't see how it's possible to park in an average parking spot...or a typical home garage...without something next to or above the car being in the way. My work parking garage has clearance issues for full-size vans and some SUVs. Seems like these doors would be that tall. Maybe these doors look sexy on concept cars and ultra-expensive, low-slung sports coupes. I can't envision a world where Accords, Camrys, Altimas, Sonatas, etc., have this design. I must not have the imagination it takes.
          Slackjaw McGraw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Slackjaw McGraw
          I can't figure out how to reply to you directly blasds78, but I hadn't considered vertical clearance. Because gullwing doors pivot near the center of the roof they hardly protrude from the sides of the car, again anyone can just YouTube search "gullwing door parking" or something like that to see what I'm talking about, it is a bit surprising to see. However unfortunately you're probably right that they wouldn't work inside a structure with low ceiling clearance like a garage. And we'll never see them on our run of the mill cars due to the added complexity involved with them.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Subaru.....pulling up the rear in auto tech. Can you IMAGINE what the lemmings would have said about an American car that used 4sp automatics just two model years ago????
      Curtis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not TRUMP the entire market and make this Hybrid Diesel Powered? http://boxerdiesel.com/engineering/en/01.html 80 to 110 mpg, or more, would offset the cost of diesel easy. Plus their longevity would far surpass all the compitition. They have the engine.
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Curtis
        You mean like trains/locomotives... because thats the easy way.
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        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, it is a concept car. And actually there's no reason you couldn't have those doors. If you went for a sliding arrangement they would actually be pretty practical for a two door.
          John Switzer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wrxfrk16
          Sliding doors aren't new, of course, but are a fairly neat way to solve the problem of entry and exit in tight spots. Kaiser-Darrin sports car, remember? 1952 or so?
          Marco Polo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wrxfrk16
          @ John Switzer Yes indeed, the first US fibreglass sports car ! ( GM's Corvette was available later in the year)
        RA
        • 2 Years Ago
        i'm sure the industrial designers that penned this know a thing or two about aerodynamics...
          Sean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RA
          Look at the original Volt concept and you will see that industrial designers are not always aware of aerodynamics.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they hurry, Subaru's first hybrid will appear less than TWENTY YEARS from when the first Hybrid appeared. Good Job, Subaru!
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alistair.dillingham
        Check it out, alistair.dillingham actually made an interesting post. Of course he was still trolling but it came off as witty sarcasm so it worked.
      Rieku Ame
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is it that Subaru can make a gorgeous concept and then uglify it for production. It's like them saying "we know you love this bold concept/prototype. We strive hard bring good design and appeal for the people to see and absorb at shows. We want them to be emotionally drawn to our design philosophy of which 90% will never make it in the production version." Like Big Worm from the movie Friday said, "You're playin wit my emotions."
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