Subaru Readies Advanced Tourer Concept For Tokyo, Could Preview Next Legacy

Subaru-Advanced-Tourer-ConceptSubaru Advanced Tourer Concept

Yes, Subaru says this slick wagon is the Advanced Tourer Concept, and that it will debut at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. But could the sleek, muscular wagon give a peek at what’s to come for the next-generation Legacy and Outback? Perhaps.

The Advanced Tourer Concept continues Subaru’s latest design language, which aims to inspire confidence by means of muscular haunches, crisp character lines, and the brand’s signature six-sided grille. Oversized, split-spoke wheels, along with LED head- and taillights lend to the futuristic look of the Tourer. It’s a sleek and muscular look for a midsize station wagon; we expect that a toned-down version of this car will make its way to become the next-generation Legacy. After all, Subaru has a history of previewing forthcoming production models with tarted-up show cars.

There is a full-length glass roof to brighten the cabin, and passengers will each have their own floating captain’s chair. Subaru has integrated a screen into the steering wheel to display maps, internet, and other telematics. The concept is also equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight Version 2 driver assistance system that includes things like active cruise control, emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

The Advanced Tourer Concept also makes use of a new hybrid powertrain. A direct-injection, turbocharged 1.6-liter boxer-four-cylinder is paired with a single electric motor through a continuously variable transmission. Details are fleeting, but Subaru says the system is used in combination with its Symmetrical All-wheel-Drive system, leading us to believe a through-the-road hybrid is out of the question.

Expect more details and answers to these questions to emerge when we see the Advanced Tourer Concept next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.