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Subaru News: Subaru Debuts A New Modular Platform

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The latest automaker to announce they're joining the modular platform craze is Subaru. This week, the Japanese automaker announced the Subaru Global Platform that will underpin their future models starting with the next-generation Impreza later this year.

 

Subaru says the new platform is about 70 to 100 percent more rigid than their current platforms. The center of gravity has been lowered and body roll has been reduced by 50 percent due to how the suspension is set up. This results in improved levels of comfort and handling. The new platform will also improve overall safety as there is an increase in the amount of high-tensile strength steel.

 

A key feature of the Subaru Global Platform is the ability to accommodate different drivetrains such as hybrid and electric. This means we could be seeing Subaru offering a wide range of powertrains on future models.

 

Source: Subaru

 

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I'm confused... what does the platform have to do with body roll?   Good that the center of gravity is lower, that should improve handling. Subaru is pretty much always the lowest center of gravity in their class already. 

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I'm confused... what does the platform have to do with body roll?   Good that the center of gravity is lower, that should improve handling. Subaru is pretty much always the lowest center of gravity in their class already. 

 

I'm assuming it deals with how the suspension is set up in the platform. From Subaru's press release:

 

 

The new platform increases the rigidity of the suspension mounting, improving the absorption of the suspension without warping the body of the car, and providing a smooth and comfortable drive whatever the irregularities in the road surface. By mounting the rear stabilizer directly to the body, the new platform reduces the body roll of the vehicle by 50% compared to present models.

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Ah okay.  It allows them to improve body roll, rather than improving it directly.   

 

Body roll is nearly always a decision made at the suspension level, in this case, now they have something firmer to attach that suspension to. 

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This is the right move and my gut tells me all Auto makers over the next 18-24 months will move to a universal platform that can support petrol, Hybrid and EV auto's.

 

Makes sense to have a single platform rather than multiple.

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Toyota, Honda, and VW have already been using their own global modular platforms for compact and midsize vehicles with very well received product for a few years now, so it makes sense that others are doing the same..

 

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14 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Interesting to see what Subaru does with this in the future.

Wonder if since Toyota owns them if they are not using a Toyota Modular platform. @Drew Dowdell Do you know if they are?

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Toyota does still have a significant interest in Subaru, but I think they're reluctant to mess with success. Subaru is probably the fastest growing car brand in the US (didn't look it up), and Toyota seems to be very hands off. If they're sharing anything, it's probably the stuff we can't see like power window motors and alternators.

Subaru engines are not compatible with Toyota FWD platforms, so it is not likely that they will ever share that.

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6 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Toyota does still have a significant interest in Subaru, but I think they're reluctant to mess with success. Subaru is probably the fastest growing car brand in the US (didn't look it up), and Toyota seems to be very hands off. If they're sharing anything, it's probably the stuff we can't see like power window motors and alternators.

Subaru engines are not compatible with Toyota FWD platforms, so it is not likely that they will ever share that.

I had read somewhere that the Camry and one of the Subaru's was built on the same assembly line just like the 2 door coupe.

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2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I had read somewhere that the Camry and one of the Subaru's was built on the same assembly line just like the 2 door coupe.

Flex assembly allows for different cars and even different platforms being built on the same lines.  GM's SpringHill plant is apparently capable of building anything in their FWD/AWD portfolio.   Bolt and Sonic are different platforms but built in the same plant. 

The BR-Z and FR-S are the most badge engineered pair out there... even more so than the Canyon/Colorado. There is no mechanical difference between BRZ and FR-S. 

The Legacy shared a plant with some Camry production for part of one generation. 

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