Modular platforms are quickly becoming a way of life for motor manufacturers. VW pioneered the way with their MQB platform, Toyota has one, Volvo has their Scalable Platform Architecture, and many others are following suit. The latest to do so is Subaru – this is the Subaru Global Platform.
The Subaru Global Platform is designed with an eye on the future – the year 2025 according to Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent company. Highlights of the new platform include incredibly high safety levels, as well as an integrated architecture for all means of propulsion: internal combustion, hybrid, and full electric vehicle.
The Subaru Global Platform is between 70- and 100% more rigid than present Subaru models, and features a lower centre of gravity too. The new Subaru Global Platform is said to have vastly improved handling and road holding too – in part due to the continuation of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to ensure grip in all road conditions.
The Subaru Global Platform is also set to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels due to the improved torsional rigidity, whilst improving comfort levels with improved suspension systems.
As far as safety goes, the Subaru Global Platform will feature a range of active and passive systems, including efficient energy absorption in the event of collision, and allowance for further strengthening later on in its life cycle. The Subaru Global Platform also makes an allowance for EyeSight and other Subaru safety systems.
The first model to be underpinned by the new Subaru Global Platform architecture will be the 2017 Subaru Impreza – due to be revealed later this month at the New York International Auto Show.