Subaru is rumored to be developing a grand tourer for the U.S. market that would serve as a spiritual successor to the SVX.
“It’s making a comeback, and with a six-cylinder boxer hybrid setup,” said an unnamed source quoted by Australian Motoring.com.au. They claim to have seen an early sketch of the car, which will purportedly be based on the new modular architecture slated to underpin several upcoming models.
It is also supposedly going to use an axle-forward layout to allow for a hybrid drivetrain. But the car won’t use the same hybrid powertrain setup found in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid because it isn’t able to handle the more powerful engine that this car will use. Instead, Subaru will borrow hybrid technology from Lexus for this application. Power from the large, low-slung coupe is expected to be somewhere in the same range as a Tesla Model S, meaning the car could have between roughly 360 and 420 hp.
Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante declined to comment on the rumor citing a company policy not to discuss future products, but the Australian story suggests that Subaru has already made plans to produce the car at its assembly plant in Indiana with showroom arrival slated for 2017.
It could all make sense. Subaru has enjoyed sales growth in the U.S. for the past six years and is seeking to elevate its volume here to 600,000 up from last year’s 478,000 sales. The Indiana plant is slated to assemble vehicles based on the Subaru Global Platform. Subaru is also already known to be planning an expansion in its product line.
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