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|A BRZ inspired wagon with all wheel drive. No plans to produce it though at this time.
Cross Sport BRZ wagon at 2013 Tokyo Auto Show
Cross Sport BRZ wagon at 2013 Tokyo Auto Show
|2015 WRX concept car shown at the New York International Auto Show, March 28-April 7, 2013.
The 2015 WRX is expected mid 2014
The next version is expected to arrive mid-2014 and have a 2.0L turbo like the 2014 Forester 2.0XT.
It's expect to be more refined than the current hard-charging 2.5L WRX and STI models, and get slightly better fuel economy.
The press release "Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The design concept hints at the design language of the next generation WRX.
The bold and muscular design emphasizes turbocharged power and AWD grip in a more agile and athletic form. The SUBARU WRX CONCEPT blends the WRX’s famous power and road-holding prowess with an even greater focus on sharp handling, steering and communicative chassis. To further improve handling dynamics, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a carbon-fiber roof to enhance the already low center of gravity and reduce weight.
Considerably lower, sleeker and wider, the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT delivers even more street presence than previous generations of WRX. The new grille design is larger and bolder and sets off the classic WRX hood scoop. A pronounced powerbulge provides clearance for the new turbocharged engine and intercooler. A prominent hexagonal grille form and deep lower valences with air intakes are designed to enhance aerodynamics, add downforce and aid engine cooling.
The three dimensional mesh pattern of the grille denotes the sporting nature of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT and sets the Subaru star cluster apart, while the new hawk-eye headlights integrate the Subaru family design heritage.
A sharp character line runs from the front corner through to the taillights, intersected by the boldly flared wheel arches emphasizing the Subaru’s AWD system. The compact cabin greenhouse draws attention to the power and solidity of the body and focuses attention to wide stance that provides a visual link between body and chassis.
The rear design echoes the hexagonal design motif from the front grille and features a dramatically curved trunk lid that also acts as a rear spoiler. The distinctive wide rear bumper of the SUBARU WRX CONCEPT adds to the powerful street presence of the car and is off-set by large quad tailpipes denoting the powerful turbocharged engine. The aggressive rear diffuser improves vehicles aerodynamics.
The all-new SUBARU WRX CONCEPT features a new paint color, “WR Blue Pearl III”, which modernizes the iconic WRX look. Fluorescent Yellow is used as an accent on the WRX badge on the front grille, the brake calipers and the exhaust tip finishers, adding character notes to the design. Filling out the broad fenders are BBS “RI-D” One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels and featuring 245/40ZR20 Dunlop tires with an exclusive tread pattern.
Key Dimensions (Overall Length x Width x Height): (178.0in x 74.4in x 54.7in ), Wheelbase: (108.7 in.)"
from a March 29, 2013 article in Australia, by Haitham Razagui. ' Subaru's long-awaited next-generation WRX performance flagship is just months away, with the production version expected to be revealed by the end of this year. And given the BRZ coupe took seven months to go from production debut to Australian launch, a similar time frame for the WRX points to an arrival in local showrooms around mid-2014.
Speaking in New York, Subaru America president and COO Tom Doll said the production version was “close”, and conceded that a November motor show reveal was “possible”, hinting at a potential world premiere at LA motor show.
It is also worth noting that the Tokyo motor show will take place at the same time as the North American event this November. The concept revealed in the Big Apple overnight is just a styling preview, in similar vein to the pumped-up BRZ STI concept from the 2011 motor show, which was tamed down by the time it was unveiled in production form at Tokyo a fortnight later. Like the BRZ show car, the WRX concept is obviously an extreme version of what will end up in showrooms.
Strip away the carbon-fibre roof, 20-inch alloy wheels, massive racing brakes, aggressive rear diffuser, tiny door mirrors and air intake-like headlights and it is possible to get a measure of what the showroom STI model might look like.
Tame down the chunky flared wheel arches – which at the front lead into huge air vents – and the base WRX starts to materialise. Whether the production model will retain the four-door concept’s swoopy coupe-like roof line remains to be seen.
Apart from confirmation the new WRX will maintain the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive layout of its predecessors, no mechanical details have been announced and Subaru’s global deputy general manager for corporate communications Masashi Uemura declined to comment on technical details.
However Mr Doll confirmed the new WRX will share the Impreza platform and be offered with a manual gearbox, while automatics will use a CVT with paddle-shifters. He also quashed rumours the new WRX would be a hybrid – although he said the electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission of the XV Hybrid also revealed at New York would provide a welcome torque boost. “It will have a manual transmission because a performance driver likes to be able to shift the car,” he said. “If you put a CVT in it you can have paddle-shifting.”
Various rumours about drivetrains have circulated but it looks likely the WRX will use a higher output version of the direct-injection 2.0-litre turbo engine of the latest Forester XT.
“In the future I think you can probably guess that with the 2.0-litres that are in the current Impreza, a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is coming,” said Mr Doll.
Although Subaru looks set to position the WRX more firmly as a standalone sportscar, further distancing it from the Impreza with which it has long been associated – the Impreza name was dropped from performance models in 2010 – Mr Doll revealed some panels would still be shared.
We are trying to strip the WRX and STI brands off and away from the Impreza to try and get their own unique styling and their own unique driving attributes,” he said.
“They share some (panels) but we are trying to create, as you can tell by this car here, its own style and its own definition as opposed to taking it from the Impreza model and saying it is just based off the Impreza.”
He also confirmed the WRX would not be produced as a hatchback this time around as “performance cars are more defined in the sedan segment”. But due to the popularity of hot hatches in various markets around the world such as Europe and Australia, it is unclear if Mr Doll was talking in the context of his native North American market.
“For the new generation we are moving away from the five-door style,” he said. “Because performance cars are more defined in the sedan segment.
Mr Doll said the new WRX will deliver BRZ-like levels of handling and drivability but in a more powerful, all-wheel-drive package. “We learned with the BRZ that it is not just about 0-60 it is really about drivability, handling and fun and what the BRZ taught us, you are going to see a lot of those positive attributes built into the next generation of our production cars.”
The WRX concept’s wheelbase is a significant 115mm longer than the Impreza at 2760mm while the 4520mm body length is 60mm shorter than the Impreza sedan, lending it short overhangs and a purposeful stance to go with its low (1390mm), wide (1890mm) and sleek shape. Subaru fans will be glad to see the iconic WRX bonnet scoop has been retained – unlike the latest turbo-petrol Forester XV – but it has become even more integrated with the bonnet than on the current model.
The concept is painted in a new colour called WR Blue Pearl III that has a metal-flake look but provides a clear link to the classic WRX hue and Subaru’s rallying livery.
Flourescent yellow highlights on the badge, fat quad tail-pipes and brake callipers give the concept some sparkle without resorting to the use of chrome.' the original article
a concept of the next WRX, the 2015 model due mid-2014
VIZIV diesel hybrid concept at the Geneva auto show March 5-17, 2013.
the official press release
"SUBARU VIZIV CONCEPT" is a future-generation crossover concept that represents the new design direction and technologies that will take the Subaru brand into the future. "VIZIV" is a coined word inspired by the phrase "Vision for Innovation" to express Subaru's future vision of innovation and the future direction of the brand...
A future-generation crossover concept providing high efficiency and performance on all road surface conditions and driving environments has been created with a new Subaru design philosophy."Subaru Boxer Diesel Hybrid", as a proposal to the future of Subaru power units, was mounted in the "SUBARU VIZIV CONCEPT". The powertrain is a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2.0-litre Subaru Boxer diesel engine and high-torque-compatible Lineartronic (CVT) with a front motor that provides both vehicle drive and power generation, and two independent rear motors for vehicle drive only. By achieving solid environmental and road performance with this powertrain, Subaru's "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" driving experience will be further advanced....
"Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD" system which is leading the way to a future generation of Subaru AWD technology has been adopted for the SUBARU VIZIV CONCEPT. Subaru is constantly refining its unique AWD systems according to the development philosophy "Four-wheel management". "Independent-rear-motor-driven symmetrical AWD" system provides fine-tuned control of the four wheels to match the travel environment and road surface conditions.
Two motors exclusively developed for rear wheels' drive control the rear right and left drive power freely. Coordinated management system of the front and rear motor controls the division of drive power between the front and rear wheels. It increases Subaru's trademark active safety performance. Turning the steering wheel increases the drive power applied to the rear, creating a handling characteristic that responds nimbly to driver operations. Turning the steering wheel back increases the drive power applied to the front, creating a handling characteristic that emphasizes stability.
In stop-and-go city traffic, all wheels are driven by the motors when starting from rest, providing high starting torque and powerful acceleration, but low fuel consumption with quiet ride.
By independently controlling the drive power applied to the left and right rear wheels, the rear drive system provides more torque to the outside rear wheel and less to the inside rear wheel when cornering to generate inner-directed yaw momentum on the vehicle and achieve extremely quick and smooth "on-the-rail cornering". Besides helping acceleration and all-terrain performance, this groundbreaking AWD system also uses drive power to help turn the vehicle. Along with its thrilling handling and cornering that responds faithfully to driver operations, it also offers outstanding handling stability that ensures a high level of secure feeling and confident drive..."
read the entire press release, and check out the Viziv website http://www.subaru-global.com/special/viziv/index.html
VIZIV concept car
Impreza Outback XV concept shown at the March 2010 80th Geneva International Motor Show
from Subaru 2/5/2010:
The "Subaru Impreza XV", developed on the basis of the iconic Impreza 5-door
model, offers a new crossover styling. Exclusively designed front grille
and wheel arch, and specially equipped roof rails and a roof spoiler accentuate
the uniqueness of this special Impreza version.
The available 2.0-litre Horizontally-opposed petrol engine and the turbo boxer diesel engine comply with European EURO 5 regulations for enhanced environmental friendliness.
Length x Width x Height: 4,430 x 1,770 x 1,520mm (1,515mm for Diesel model). Wheelbase: 2,620 mm
I wouldn't expect the
diesel version to come to the US
length 4,630 x width 1,890 x height 1,420mm
11, 2009 – Subaru of America revealed the 2009 Subaru Lgeacy concept today
at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. The new Legacy concept
is a hint at the future of Legacy design. The design
showcases the sport sedan heritage of the Subaru Legacy, but in more modern
and purposeful package.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the Subaru Legacy, the Legacy concept has been
developed to showcase the Legacy’s sporting capabilities and features Subaru’s Symmetrical
All-Wheel Drive system mated to a Horizontally-Opposed Boxer engine. The design concept is
based on a larger 108.3 in. wheelbase designed to maximize interior space and provide
comfortable accommodations for four adults.
The theme of concept design is "Presence", represented by the aggressive front facia and solid
yet expressive body. Four powerful and defined wheel arches emphasize the dynamism of
Symmetrical AWD. Sharp design lines carve out a substantial mass as they flow from the hood,
across the roof to the trunk, while the sharp body lines project a sense of strength. Wedgeshaped
Side Rear Vision Cameras are featured and provide a sense of flow from the
momentum of the A-pillar lines. A character line runs from just before the A-pillar and sweeps up
to the tail just above the taillamps.
rear and side view of the 2010 Subaru Legacy concept car shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January
2010 Subaru Legacy concept car steering wheel, shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January
2010 Subaru Legacy concept car side view, shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January
front and side view of the 2010 Subaru Legacy concept car, shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January
2010 Subaru Legacy concept car center console, shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January
12/17/08. It's official-
'SoA today announced that the Subaru Legacy Concept will debut at the 2009
North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit January 11th 2009.
The NAIAS is open to the public January 17 through 25, 2009. Celebrating
20 years of the Legacy sedan, the LEGACY CONCEPT showcases the direction
of future Legacy sedan design. The exterior highlights the sportiness and
dynamism befitting a car powered by a 3.6-liter Horizontally-Opposed Boxer
engine. A distinctive front fascia and flared wheel arches establish a
powerful road presence and hint at the exceptional handling promised by
the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and low center of gravity. The interior
embodies modern, high-tech architecture while delivering a comfortable
environment for occupants.
The Subaru Legacy series was first introduced in 1989 and next year it will celebrate its 20th anniversary of the start of production. Manufactured in Gunma, Japan and Lafayette, Indiana USA, global production has exceeded 3.6 million units.* The United States accounts for 43% of the production volume. The model has been highly acclaimed as a core product of Subaru in the world due to its excellent driving performance, strong safety record and dependability provided by Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system with Horizontally- Opposed engines.'
|The 2009 Forester Mountain Rescue Concept shown at 2008 SEMA in Las Vegas (November 2008) has more than 14" of ground clearance with an Air Lift custom adjustable ride height air suspension system and huge Yokohama Geolandar 30 x 9.5-in. tires on special 15" wheels. Other upgrades include custom front and rear DeeZee skid plates, Bushwacker Trail Armor fender flares, door cladding, rear gate guard and tail light guards, Subaru Baja sport activity lights (remember those?), 7 roof mounted LED spotlights, a 9,500lb winch, remote rear door openers, extra wide round crossbars and a rescue toboggan! But mostly it has 14" of ground clearance!|
Updated Sept 2009. NY City now expects the car spring 2009
4/2009 After some years of talk and developement, it looks like the Stella electric vehicle will finally go into test production this summer when 15 cars are made for testing in Japan. More on concept cars
2008: The plug-in Stella Concept can cover 50 miles on a single charge, and its battery can be fully recharged in eight hours through a household socket.
"For city commuting, this is enough," Fuji Heavy spokesman Shinichi Murata says. "This is the best we can do with today's technology at a reasonable cost."
Fuji is targeting fleet sales of up to 200 units during the car's first year (2010-11?). Stella leasing will begin in Japan, but the company has no immediate plans to bring it overseas.
January 2008: concept Legacy STI shown at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon
a custom golf cart for Marine Steven Schultz, wounded in Iraq, 12/26/2006
|(Update: US model on sale 2007)
11/2006 2007 Forester Sport XT. Forester Sports 2.5 XT, also introduced at SEMA, the concept car adds hot rod parts from the company's STI and SPT divisions to beef up the Forester's performance even further. By eliminating its roof rail crossbars and adding a new front bumper, grille and 17-inch wheels, some of the Forester's more frumpy design elements have been slimmed down on the standard Forester Sports 2.5 XT.... more
January 14-22, 2006 Subaru shows
B5-TPH and R1e hybrid
cars at the 2006 North American Int'l Auto Show in Detroit.
concept Subaru B5-TPH 2door hatchback hybrid at 2005 Tokyo Auto Show
photo c SoA
2005 Tokyo Auto Show, Subaru shows the
B5 TPH (turbo parallel hybrid) concept, a 3door hatchback using the 1st
hybrid boxer engine. The front end is similar to the 2006 Impreza and Tribeca.
With a turbo parallel hybrid powertrain and 2.0L Miller cycle turbo engine,
and expected to produce more than 300 hp. That would increase low end torque,
improve fuel economy, and reduce emissions. For more on this and other
hybrids, see my hybrid
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the unveiling of a revolutionary concept car, the Subaru B11S, at the 73rd International Geneva Motor Show to be held from March 6 to 16. Combining sophisticated sporty design with ample interior space, the Subaru B11S represents a new type of four-door Coupe. While it was developed to demonstrate FHI’s future design direction and strengthened design capabilities, the Subaru B11S also features superb driving performance, which is ensured by a Symmetrical AWD (all-wheel-drive) system in combination with a horizontally-opposed engine.
Concept The B11S has been developed to pursue the concept of Gran Utility Turismo, which embodies the perfect blend of sporty driving, comfort, functionality and elegance. The car incorporates all the crucial ingredients of this concept. It features attractive styling and packaging, which further reflect FHI’s corporate philosophy, Innovative, Individual and Courageous; Subaru’s technological strengths, such as the horizontally-opposed engine and a Symmetrical AWD system; and driving performance equivalent to a high-performance sports car for the enthusiast.
Exterior design The exterior design, composed of sophisticated flowing curves, expresses an elegant, sleek Coupe, while the car comfortably accommodating four adults. The front fascia, which fortifies its sporty look, conjures the turbine of a small jet plane and the freedom of flying wings—an association with FHI’s corporate roots as an aircraft company, as well as a reminder of outstanding aerodynamic technology and performance.
The two pairs of side doors open like gates and latch in the middle without a conventional B-pillar, an arrangement that facilitates access to the back seats and makes interior room seem even more spacious. Developed specifically for the B11S, the frosted glass roof provides an open-air feeling, as in a convertible, and it creates a pleasant soft light inside the vehicle that enhances the quality look of its interior. The unique glass roof design was inspired by the design and construction of traditional Japanese umbrellas.
Interior design In sharp contrast to the white pearl body color, for the interior of the B11S the color blue has been selected influenced by Subaru's characteristic color. Strong emphasis was placed on crafting an understated yet high-quality ambience in the cabin’s design, which is reminiscent of Japanese interior decoration and its attention-to-detail approach. In addition, the folding backseats allow easy access to and from the trunk for luggage or sports equipment. The interior provides a comfortable space for passengers and offers practical solutions at the same time.
Performance The B11S has been equipped with a new, horizontally-opposed, 6-cylinder engine. This engine, which will meet both the needs of driving pleasure and the demands of environmental considerations, is currently under development. Thanks to twin-turbocharger, the engine will ensure a smooth ride in low- and middle-speed ranges while it achieves a maximum output of 294 kW (400 ps) and a maximum torque of 550 Nm (56.1 kgfm).
AWD system integrated with a 5-speed automatic transmission comes with VTD (variable torque distribution), Subaru’s unique, electronically controlled torque distribution system. While the basic torque distribution ratio of front to rear wheels is set at 35% and 65%, respectively, the VTD optimally controls the torque distribution between front and rear wheels according to driving conditions and realizes a high level of balance between the yawing tendency of a vehicle and highspeed stability
this information courtesy SoA
September 2000. Subaru of America announces plans to build a truck based on the ST-X concept, built in Lafayette, Indiana, beginning late 2002. Annual production expected 24,000 cars
Subaru created the crossover category with
the introduction of Outback (1996) and is now taking the concept further
hoping the ST-X will do the same for the youth market and the home-owner
by adding the practicality of a 4 seat, 4 door all wheel drive truck with
Made by Specialized Vehicles (SVI)
of Troy, Michigan.
Body The ST-X uses a lot of Legacy/Outback
sheet metal, with modified fenders, and an altered front fascia for larger
fog-lights, plus inboard pencil-beam driving lights. New upper and lower
grills give the ST-X a bolder variation of the basic Outback design.
The Baja they actually offered in 2003 was not a turbo and the power rear glass Switchback was gone. READ MORE
Fuji Heavy Industries’ exhibition at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show 2003.
This information courtesy http://www.subaru.com.hk/pdf/SNW0310.pdf
Fuji Heavy Industries, manufacturer of transportation, space related products, and Subaru automobiles, announced the major features of its Subaru vehicles and their technologies, which will be exhibited at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show
In the booth, the Symmetrical AWD – the core technology to our ideal performance criteria – and the next-generation power source, Subaru’s own advanced technologies to move and satisfy people through driving are shown. The two concept cars exhibited are created by Subaru’s design team headed by Advanced Design’s Chief Designer Andreas Zapatinas. Subaru’s nextgeneration design trends, in which the function of the car and emotional aesthetics are shown in those concept cars.
B9 SCRAMBLER, c SoA
The car’s powertrain is called Sequential Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle (SSHEV) – a fusion of our own Symmetrical AWD and the latest HEV technologies.
The SSHEV system drives the car at the
most frequently used speed ranges (up to around 80 km/h) with a high-performance
motor and realizes smooth acceleration, good fuel efficiency and superb
R2, c SoA
The 4-cylinder DOHC Natural Aspiration engine with Active Valve Control System is newly developed for the R2. Combined with the i-CVT, the engine makes the top-level fuel economy within the class and mobility compatible. The supercharged engine offers even more enjoyable and sportier riding with a 7-speed sports shift combined.
The chassis members with maximum-strength forms, along with the body panels having optimal curves for increased strength, are used to achieve important goals in this environmentally conscious age: to save resources. Weight reduction and safety performances go hand in hand on the R2. It features improved compatibility in the event of an accident and pedestrian protection.
Subaru R1e c SoA
The 2 + 2 packaging is ideal for urban single- and two-person lifestyle. Compact sizes offer ease of parking and flexibility: indispensable elements to urban life.
The EV system uses a light, compact brushless motor with high output and excellent reliability and manganese lithium-ion battery featuring very high energy density. The battery can be charged by taking electric power out of the single-phase 200V AC outlet which is generally used for home air
Driving the R1e is done with two pedals (throttle and brake) just like normal automatic transmission cars. In addition, the creep control and electric motor-assisted power steering enhance driving ease in actual daily use.
Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon TransCare
END Fuji Heavy Industries’ exhibition
at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show 2003
thanks to Steve Manning's http://www.stationwagon.com/