Subaru's new platform allows electric future

Subaru's new platform allows electric future

Subaru has released details of its next generation platform, which has been designed to include electrified powertrains in future models. The Subaru Global Platform is a crucial step forward for the company as it will reduce manufacturing costs and allow the company to expand.

By designing one flexible platform Subaru will be able to make each model more profitable, in a similar manner to the MQB architecture used extensively across the VW Group range in products from VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat. Toyota has also invested recently in a new platform which underpins the Prius and forthcoming C-HR, while the likes of Hyundai, VW Group and Volvo have all announced new platforms designed to fit electric powertrains.

Launched as part of Subaru's Prominence 2020 plans, the platform promises dramatically improved rigidity levels - between 70-100 per cent increase over current models - and offers a lower centre of gravity and improved suspension set-up.

This in turn will allow Subaru to design more comfortable cars but with greater levels of traction, continuing with its long established all-wheel drive range. Subaru also promises enhanced straight-line stability, something that will prove important in autonomous vehicles.

The platform allows Subaru to offer a range of powertrains for each model with petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles all promised. Subaru also says that "alternative power units" can be fitted into the platform, though it is unclear whether it is keeping its options open or if the company is actively developing systems such as a hydrogen fuel cell system.

Subaru Global Platform

Active and passive safety systems have also been carefully considered with Subaru's EyeSight technology set-up combining with a stronger chassis and improved energy absorption in impacts.

The Subaru Global Platform will be used in the development of all new models going forward and will first see active service in the next-generation Impreza, due later in 2016.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:9th Mar 2016

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