Subaru Global Platform Under Development for Next-Gen Vehicles
The foundation of Subaru’s next generation of vehicles has been revealed as part of the company’s Prominence 2020 plan.
Initially announced in 2014, the plan has been tweaked as more information comes out about what lies ahead for the Japanese automaker. According to Subaru, the main features of the new platform include:
- Emotionally engaging “Dynamic feel” that goes beyond high performance
- The world’s highest levels of safety
- Single design concept for development of all models, adaptable to electrification in the future
The company further defines its stance saying, “Specifically, the new platform will further refine Subaru’s dynamic feel in the following areas: straight line stability, noise and vibration suppression and comfort.”
In terms of straight line stability, with Subaru’s new platform the company has increased righty throughout the body and chasis 70-100% over present models. The center for gravity has also been lowered, making steering “highly responsive.”
The rigidity also lends itself to a reduction in vibration and cabin noise. An added feature of the newly rigid frame is reduced body roll- a 50% reduction compared to present models.
The company itself will also benefit from the global platform, much like Volvo has. By using the same platform, multiple models are able to be produced at the same facility making production more efficient which Subaru says will making their global production system more flexible.
The first implementation of the Subaru Global Platform will be unveiled with the next-generation Impreza, debuting at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and hitting the market in 2016.