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Subaru unveiling new AWD hybrid concept at Tokyo Show

At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru will unveil the VIZIV (derived from “Vision for Innovation”) Future Concept—an AWD hybrid SUV equipped with next-generation technologies including automatic driving technology resulting from the ongoing evolution of EyeSight.

The power unit combines a new downsized direct-injection turbo turbo with a hybrid system. The downsized turbo, adopted by Subaru for the first time in the Levorg (a mid-size car sold in Japan, sharing a platform with the Impreza, and the Legacy), has been further advanced, and optimized in all dimensions specifically for the next generation of cars.

The propeller shaft has been eliminated by mounting the single electric motor concentrically on the rear axle in a compact layout. In addition to AWD capabilities, a flat floor is realized for an expansive, comfortable interior space. Moreover, it inherits the Subaru AWD performance while further improving maneuverability, thanks to the vectoring effect of actively controlling front/rear driving force distribution.

Combining the advanced front recognition of EyeSight with all-direction radar sensing, the traffic environment around the vehicle and risk from all sides are monitored. In addition, high-accuracy GPS and map data are used to pinpoint the vehicle location with high precision; and optimum control is applied based on curves, lane lines, and other information about the route ahead.

With these technologies, not only is collision avoidance realized during straight-ahead movement, but avoidance of collision in all directions, with vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, when turning at intersections or when backing up, is also enhanced.

Automatic driving is realized at all speeds on expressways, and automatic parking is supported at home or in commercial facilities’ parking lots.

The adoption of technological advances in telematics and HMI enables anticipation of traffic, weather, and other conditions along the route ahead, as well as effective communication of intentions with people and vehicles.

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