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 |  Nov 30 2011, 12:51 AM

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Overwhelming proof that wagons, and for that matter hybrids, can in fact be cool, is the Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept. Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show today, the car is powered by the next evolution of Subaru’s hybrid powertrain that is expected to arrive in a production model in 2013.

A followup to the Hybrid Tourer Concept, this uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injection boxer gasoline engine mated to an in-house hybrid system – not a Toyota product. It features both regenerative braking and a lithium-ion battery back, both increasingly standard-fare in the hybrid market. Of note, the ATC also features an electric all-wheel drive system (this is a Subaru after all), operating as a front-drive model under most circumstances, while electric power can be sent to the rear wheels for added grip.

Purposeful features aside, the ATC is simply stunning, with a sleek wagon body and aggressive stance. It also might be the least-tacky example of scissor doors we’ve come across, paired with rear suicide doors, allowing an incredible look into the stunning cabin complete with plenty of natural wood.

GALLERY: Subaru Advanced Tourer Concept

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 |  Nov 24 2009, 2:09 PM

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In a weeks time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru will display its Hybrid Tourer Concept which will be the focal point of an announcement that the Japanese automaker will introduce a hybrid engine in 2012.

The new gas/electric hybrid engine will be a first for Subaru and will be based on one of the company’s boxer engines. In the Hybrid Tourer Concept, the hybrid setup works with a direct-injection 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine. The concept version uses lithium ion batteries and uses two electric motors (one for the front and one for the rear), to help deliver optimum all-wheel drive performance.

The setup uses only the rear electric motor at low speeds, while under normal driving conditions, the gasoline engine is used. When more power is needed, the rear electric motor again kicks in. And finally, for optimum grip, the front motor will be engaged when needed – for example when accelerating up a hill.

It is not clear if Subaru intends to debut its new hybrid engine in a new vehicle (possibly based n the Hybrid Tourer Concept) or if this new hybrid engine will be used to offer hybrid versions of vehicles like the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Tribeca and Forester.

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GALLERY: Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept

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 |  Sep 30 2009, 1:44 PM

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At next month’s Tokyo Auto Show, Subaru will unveil what it calls the Hybrid Tourer Concept. The idea with this concept seems to be to explore a new area of the marketplace, somewhere between the Outback and Legacy, but with a serious focus on luxury and sport – like the GT/Sportback/Hatchback models being built by companies like BMW and Audi. Oh… and it also is a hybrid.

In true Subaru fashion, however, the hybrid system is designed to deliver not just performance, but all-wheel drive performance. The Hybrid Tourer Concept comes with a new direct-injection version of the company’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but with an electric motor for both the front and the rear wheels.

At low speeds the more powerful rear electric motor moves the car, while under normal operating conditions the gasoline engine is used. The rear electric motor will kick in when added acceleration is needed, and when all-wheel drive grip is necessary, the front electric motor (normally used as a power generator for on-board electrical systems) will also work to deliver power.

The setup also allows for a flat floor inside the car because no driveshaft is required as the rear wheels are powered exclusively by electricity.

Energy for the batteries is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack and a start-stop system is also used to shut off the gasoline engine when idling.

GALLERY: Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept

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