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Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept Redux


…or “revisited,” for those of you who were not as alert in 5th period English as you probably should have been.

Initially unveiled a few weeks ago in preparation for its inaugural debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, the first photos and our initial review of the Subaru Hybrid Tourer Concept were slightly less than favorable (as most of our reviews usually are). Today, Subaru has graced us with a new photo spread of the Hybrid Tourer Concept and has simultaneously softened our hearts towards the open air oddity.

Okay we lied, we still don’t like it.

The bright white iPod-esque interior temporarily threw us for a loop, but after scanning through the press brief that accompanied the first set of photos we immediately remembered why we disliked it so much. Subaru is known for functionality (the Forrester) and fun (the Impreza WRX STi), neither of which the Hybrid Tourer Concept appears to be. As a matter of fact, the Hybrid Tourer Concept actually seems to be yet another shallow attempt by an automaker to compete in the race to go green regardless of whatever design and engineering principles consumers value most in their vehicles.

Bottom line: as we said before, it’s a nice try but nothing we’d buy. Show us Ken Block drifting with Stella’s EV engine and then we’ll talk, Subie.

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