If you are in the market for new small SUV or crossover vehicle, you may want to wait for the next-generation Subaru. Subaru’s next-generation vehicles starting with the 2017 Impreza will be coming with a new global platform that will mean improved performance. There are five new changes coming that will enhance all new-generation Subarus including the Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, WRX/STI, Legacy and BRZ. What does this mean for consumers?
Subaru unveils next-generation Global Platform
It may not be the best marketing by Subaru to unveil what’s coming on their new vehicles, but Subaru isn’t your conventional automaker. There do things a bit different, but that’s good for consumers. You may need to buy a new vehicle now, but if you can wait, it could be to your advantage.
Subaru unveiled their new Global Platform that’s coming on all their vehicles and they will get new enhancements that will benefit their small compact Impreza, Forester, Outback and Crosstrek SUV/Crossover and WRX/STI performance all-wheel-drive vehicles. Here’s what’s coming on all next-generation Subaru vehicles.
What will this mean for small SUV and crossover consumers?
Five new enhancements are coming on next-generation Subaru vehicles that will benefit small SUV/SUV consumers. Subaru says the body and chassis will be 70-100 percent more rigid which will translate to improved steering response. Improvements to the suspension system will also give their vehicles a lower center of gravity which will improve overall driving performance.
Subarus are known for being higher on the fun-to-drive meter than most small crossovers, but new enhancements will dial up driver engagement even more. New suspension upgrades will reduce vibrations and produce a smoother ride quality. The increased rigidity of the suspension mounting will also reduce body roll by 50 percent compared to current models. All these enhancements will mean better driving dynamics for all their vehicles.
New safety performance
Families will be significantly safer in the new models. Subaru already has a top safety rating for all their vehicles, yet Subaru is advancing the safety of their vehicles even more with the new platform. It will include more high-tensile steel plates including materials formed by a hot press method. Subaru says this will absorb more energy in the event of a collision. Impact energy absorption will be improved by 40 percent over present models.
Improved production efficiency
Subaru’s manufacturing and production facilities will be more efficient by using one single platform for all their vehicles. It should benefit consumers by making Subaru more competitive and keeping prices down. Subaru says they will be able to produce gasoline, hybrid and EV models on the same assembly line which will also reduce costs for SUV/Crossover consumers.
Subaru’s new Global Platform comes with enhancements that will mean improved driving dynamics and safety for all their vehicles starting with the 2017 Impreza sedan and 5-Door compacts due to hit the market in 2016. Small SUV/CUV buyers may want to wait for these changes also coming soon to the next-generation Forester SUV, Outback wagon, Crosstrek crossover, WRX/STI performance cars, Legacy sedan and BRZ sports coupe. Subaru is also coming out with an all-new 3-Row crossover in 2018 with the same platform. They all could be worth the wait.
Source: Subaru Global
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