Subaru is revealing the platform that will form the basis of the Japanese brand’s next generation of vehicles.
Described as “lifting Subaru’s automotive technology to new heights”, the Subaru Global Platform is still under development by the brand’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), as one of six initiatives under the ‘Performance 2020’ growth strategy announced in 2014.
It will be combined with the brand’s signature horizontally opposed ‘Boxer’ engines and symmetrical all-wheel-drive transmissions and will feature in cars going forward to at least 2025.
Major features in the new architecture include improvements in straight-line stability, seem as essential to coming autonomous driving technology.
Rigidity throughout the body and chassis is improved by between 70 and 100 per cent over present models, the suspension system is improved and the centre of gravity lowered to improve steering response.
With improved torsional rigidity of 70 per cent noise and vibration is greatly reduced, and the rigidity also enhances comfort in the cabin. The rear anti-roll bar is mounted directly to the body, cutting body roll by half.
Both active and passive safety is significantly improved while the ability to design various models onto the one platform will strengthen the brand’s line-up while maintaining the individuality of each model. Designing in plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains will also be much easier.
According to FHI President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga the Subaru Global Platform lifts the brand’s automotive technology to new heights, and marks the next step in the evolution of the ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’, design strategy.
“This new platform represents the culmination of the know-how we have developed over many years, and we are confident that it will allow us to produce vehicles that live up to our proud traditions and meet the high expectations customers have of Subaru,” Yoshinaga says.
First car to appear on the new architecture will be the next Impreza, due for release later in 2016.