The Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept, with the world’s first ‘Boxer’-hybrid powerplant and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The 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. 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 front electric unit, which is mainly used as a power generator, kicks in to assist on hills. It comes with Subaru’s in-house designed Lineartronic automatic transmission.
The show car has gullwing-style doors with no door pillars.
Also on show at Geneva will be the Plug-in STELLA EV. The lithium-ion battery-powered, 90km-per-charge, 40kW, electric vehicle can be recharged up to 80 per cent of its capacity in about 15 minutes when using its quick charging system. Under normal circumstances the city car is fully rechargeable in five hours when using an AC240V power outlet.
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