Subaru has revealed an overview of the new global platform that is being developed. Subaru plans to build all its new vehicles on the same global platform with the first one being the Impreza.
Talking about the new concept, Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said, “The Subaru Global Platform lifts Subaru’s automotive technology to new heights, and marks the next step in the evolution of ‘Enjoyment and Peace of Mind’, the value that Subaru offers to its customers. 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.”
The new platform is being built to enhance straight line stability by improving the chassis rigidity by almost 70 per cent along with a lowered centre of gravity. Improvements to the suspension system and an improved torsional rigidity will ensure better composure through corners and also improve steering feedback. The rear stabiliser is now being mounted directly on the body and will help reduce body roll.
The added rigidity of the new platform will also help distribute noise, vibrations and harshness effectively throughout the frame. The new suspension setup will help better bump absorption and provide a smooth and comfortable drive for the occupants. Safety has also been an integral part of the development of the new architecture allowing more efficient energy absorption which will minimise the risk to the occupants in case of collision.
The new platform has been developed to incorporate new Subaru engines, symmetrical all-wheel-drive and also can be adapted for electric/hybrid vehicles. The first vehicle to be built on this platform is the evergreen Subaru Impreza. The next generation 2017 Subaru Impreza is expected to make a debut by the end of this year.