Fiat Chrysler Automobiles isn't the only big name in the auto industry releasing details on its future plans. Subaru, and its parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, is aiming to bump its North American sales up from 478,000 to 600,000 by 2020. Now, that seems pretty reasonable, especially in the face of FCA's hugely ambitious goals for Alfa Romeo and Maserati. It's how Subaru will go about increasing the sales, though, that has us intrigued.

A focus on more fuel-efficient, direct-injection engines will complement a new platform, while the company is contemplating expanding capacity at its Indiana factory, which will now have more room since Toyota Camry production will be ending there.

As for that new platform, it's called the Subaru Global Platform. Original, we know. It's a modular deal and will eventually underpin a vast range of future Subies following its debut in 2016. The new platform may also end up underpinning a seven-seat SUV, which would serve as the successor to the Tribeca and debut between 2016 and 2020, according to Automotive News.

The direct-injected engines, meanwhile, would debut around roughly the same time as the new Tribeca. Cylinder deactivation could also appear, while AN reports that thermal efficiency is being given a big look, which could hint at an Atkinson-cycle engine powering future vehicles. A plug-in hybrid is also a very strong possibility, which also lends credence to AN's theory on the Atkinson cycle. While this focus on efficiency and emissions is admirable, it won't go so far as to disrupt the brand's heritage – Subaru has given no indication that it's ditching its trademark boxer engines.


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      ken
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let's hope Tribeca isn't a rebadged Highlander.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hi Tribeca. /Hi Glenn
      thenewrick
      • 7 Months Ago
      A turbo 6-speed flat-6 AWD Tribeca would be so cool.
      Juan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lets bring back the Brat or Baja, Subaru.
        wilkegm
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Juan
        The Baja came at the wrong time, when gas was cheap (under $2 until its last year of prouction) and there were other compact trucks to be had. Today it could offer great fuel economy w/o having to resort to expensive alternatives (diesel, hybrid) and compact size. The Forester would probably be a better starting point for a more truck-like appearance.
      CarEnthusiastRTP
      • 7 Months Ago
      Subaru needs to just jump on the bandwagon and produce some FWD cars that have AWD as an option. People that live in southern states, or in CA don't need 4WD all the time. It's less efficient, higher driveline losses, costs more to produce, takes up more space, and usually equates to higher maintenance costs down the road. While I love their push for an all AWD lineup, it's unnecessary and honestly, stupid.
        Trevor_k
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        That would lead to fake awd like that found in the golf r or any haldex vehicle.
        wilkegm
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        It is completely necessary, because it maintains brand identity, which is far more important to their core customers (in the North and mountains) than trying to conquest a few sales from the Altima, Camry and Accord.
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        Why? AWD is part of Subaru's identity, and "jumping on the bandwagon" as you put would be throwing them into the ring with much larger competitors such as Honda, Toyota, and Ford. A FWD Subaru would be about as compelling as a 2WD Jeep.
        Al Terego
        • 7 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        AWD is Subaru's biggest point. I didn't buy a Subaru because it was unattractive, sparsely optioned or had a boring interior. I bought it because the AWD will get me through a tough situation without much effort. If you want a FWD car, buy one of the other brands. No need to fix what ain't broke.
        B
        • 6 Months Ago
        @CarEnthusiastRTP
        The last thing Subaru needs to do is jump on any bandwagon, especially since the bandwagon right now includes GM, which is currently responsible for MORE THAN 1 or ever 2 recalled vehicles in the U.S. Don't need AWD? That's like trying to convince someone that loves the Cadilac (spelled it wrong probably... who cares) Escalade that they don't exactly need it, so they should just buy a Suburban, or like telling GM "Hey, we don't need and 8 cylinder in the Corvette when the Sonic (or whatever they make now) works just fine with a 4 cylinder".
      Hockey goon
      • 7 Months Ago
      how about improving interior craftsmanship? I was on NY Auto show and Subaru has the cheapest looking interior of all manufacturers.
      Lab Ninja
      • 7 Months Ago
      Can we just get the Diesel already??
      winc06
      • 7 Months Ago
      Subaru already had direct injection. The BRZ has a Toyota version, but Subaru developed their own for the turbocharged version of the 2 liter engine in the Forester XT and the WRX. So are they just talking about the base engine here?
      Lab Ninja
      • 7 Months Ago
      Can we just get the Diesel already??
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