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Subaru to Unveil Advanced Tourer Concept in Tokyo

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by Ross Darby November 2011

When it comes to sport wagons, it's hard to say that anyone knows what they're doing better than Subaru. Those looking for the ruggedness of an SUV in a smaller form factor would be pressed to go wrong with an Outback or Impreza wagon, especially if you dwell in the Snowbelt.

This year, it seems like Subaru may be reverting back to its old tricks for the Tokyo Auto Show, where it promises to unveil the Advanced Tourer Concept. The car features Subaru's "Confidence in Motion" design language, with muscular lines running the length of the car on both sides. Inside, premium materials like real wood and metal are used to add class, while the roof is entirely made of glass, creating an open feeling for its passengers. An infotainment monitor is also built into the steering wheel to provide navigation, TV, and internet services to the driver.

Possible driver's distractions aside, the real news is under the hood, where we find the Subaru's famous boxer engine. But this time, there's an electric motor working in conjunction with the horizontally-opposed engine. The engine itself is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, but with electric motors spinning all four wheels, it can make as much power as a much larger engine without sacrificing economy. All the power is transferred through a CVT transmission, making the drive experience a smooth, shiftless one.

We're happy to see that Subaru is sticking to what it knows best. Who knows where this Advanced Tourer Concept will slot into Subaru's lineup, if it makes production at all. If it does, we just know that we hope it will be available in the States, and that the looks won't be watered down on their road to production.

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