If you thought the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was going to be the only new gullwing unveiled this year then you'd be wrong. Subaru is also planning to unveil a new gullwing, although the Japanese automaker’s version is a new concept car that's set to star at next month’s 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.
Combining a symmetrical all-wheel drive system and horizontally opposed boxer engine in a wagon body with gullwing doors, the new 2009 Hybrid Tourer Concept gives us an indication as to what future Subarus may look like.
In addition to the chiselled wagon body, the concept also adopts a flat rear floor to maximize passenger space, special windscreen shielding to reduce driver eyestrain and new, breathable leather trim for improved comfort and texture.
Power comes from a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed gasoline four-cylinder engine with direct injection and turbocharging technologies. This is matched to a CVT and twin electric motors, one at each axle.
The rear motor is used to drive the vehicle at low speeds and aid the gasoline engine during acceleration. The front electric motor is used primarily to charge the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries and also kicks during high load situations, such as accelerating uphill.
In addition to the advanced hybrid system, Subaru will also be showcasing a new safety feature called EyeSight. This is essentially an advanced driving assist system with pre-collision control using stereo camera technology.
EyeSight is integrated with vehicle-to-vehicle and road-to-vehicle communication technology. It includes an “assist collision prevention” support system that uses stereo camera technology to recognise a wide range of driving environments. This system continuously detects vehicles that move into and out of blind spots and advises the driver on appropriate driving manoeuvres using visible and audible senses located around the cabin.