Subaru is showing off and talking up the new global platform for its cars that will be used moving into the future. The new platform will debut with the fifth-generation Impreza and then expand into the remainder of the Subaru line over time. Subaru says that one main goal for the new platform is driving dynamics.
The platform also supports widespread electrification, meaning more hybrids will be offered. The Subaru Global Platform is 70 to 100% more rigid compared to current models with improved prevision in the steering and suspension. Subaru claims that body roll has been reduced by 50% compared to current models with no impact on ride comfort.
The new platform is safer with high tensile steel and impact energy absorption is improved by 40% compared to current models. This one platform will underpin compacts like the Impreza all the way up to the larger Outback and Forester models. With one common platform, all Subaru models can now be constructed on a single assembly line making for improved production efficiency. That would presumably mean increased output so maybe popular Subaru models like the WRX STi will be easier to find in the future.
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