Next-gen Impreza will be first to utilize new platform
Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru‘s parent company, has unveiled the Subaru Global Platform, which will underpin the next generation of the automaker’s model lineup. Part of the company’s “Prominence 2020” initiative, the Subaru Global Platform will debut in the fifth-generation Impreza compact car. In addition to improving driving dynamics, the platform will facilitate more widespread electrification.
Subaru has placed emphasis on improving driving dynamics, comfort, and smoothness with the development of the Subaru Global Platform. The chassis is 70 to 100 percent more rigid compared to current models, while the suspension and steering have been overhauled for better precision. An optimized frame and structure improves torsional rigidity by 70 percent over current models and also provides reduced NVH. Suspension changes have also reduced body roll by 50 percent compared to Subaru models currently on sale without sacrificing ride comfort.
Safety was also an important part of the development of the Subaru Global platform. Thanks to the extensive use of high tensile steel and materials formed by the hot press method, impact energy absorption is improved by 40 percent compared to current models. Additionally, the new platform also has a center of gravity that’s 5 mm lower than Subaru’s current vehicles, which should contribute to a more planted feel.
The new platform will underpin the entire Subaru lineup from the Impreza compact car to large vehicles like the Outback and the Forester. The Subaru Global Platform will accommodate today’s crop of boxer engines, but the architecture was also designed with hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars in mind. Since all Subaru vehicles will be using the same platform, the entire lineup can be built on a single production line and improved production efficiency.