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Geneva - Subaru hybrid tourer makes European debut

Featuring the world's first ‘Boxer'- hybrid powerplant and symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the Hybrid Tourer Concept made its European debut at the Swiss expo.

The show car marries Subaru's design with an opulent and spacious cabin accessed through elongated gullwing-style doors, and an eye-catching, sculpted body.

The absence of B-pillars affords a heightened sense of light and space to the interior, providing occupants with a less obstructed view of the outside world. The swept-back panoramic windscreen and a height-adjustable dashboard afford the driver a similarly unhindered vantage point.

The innovative hybrid system uses Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed, direct-injection, turbocharged petrol ‘Boxer' engine, allied to two electric motors - Subaru remains the only company to mate this engine layout to a hybrid drivetrain. The electric motors are powered by lithium-ion batteries - a 10kW item at the front and a 20kW unit at the rear.

In normal driving conditions the direct-injection petrol engine is used, but at lower speeds and start-up, the rear electric motor drives the car. The forward electric unit, which is mainly used as a power generator, kicks in to assist performance and efficiency while tackling inclines. Subaru's in-house designed Lineartronic automatic transmission is featured, further boosting fuel efficiency and driving performance.
 

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