Subaru unveils new modular platform
Subaru has introduced a new modular platform that promises to make its next-generation cars lighter, better to drive, and more efficient.
Called simply Subaru Global Platform, the architecture is between 70 and 100 percent more rigid than the ones found under members of Subaru’s current lineup. The Japanese car maker has also improved comfort and handling by making a 50-percent reduction in body roll, and by lowering the center of gravity. Finally, the increased use of high-tensile strength steel improves energy absorption in the event of an accident by 40 percent.
Subaru hints its Global Platform is compatible with electrification, which means the company is preparing to launch hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of its core models. More specific technical details — such as whether the drivetrain will use components sourced from industrial partner and part-owner Toyota — haven’t been published yet. Interestingly, Subaru suggests the platform can also underpin an all-electric model.
The first Subaru to ride on the Global Platform will be the next-generation Impreza. Slightly wider than the current model, the Impreza will make its official debut in the coming months and it will go on sale as a 2017 model before the end of the year. The Forester, the Outback, and Impreza-based models like the WRX and the Crosstrek will also shift to the new architecture when they’re replaced.