Technology

Discover a unique combination of performance and safety, built around the original concept of Subaru All-Wheel Drive. Only Subaru's radical combination of engine and drivetrain design can deliver such world class refinement on the road.

Almost all our models are built with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for a stable performance, and quick response even on the most unforgiving terrain. Drivers feel more in control, enjoying a smoother driving experience every time.

Subaru Technology

Subaru Boxer Engine

The Subaru Boxer engine, which powers every vehicle in the Subaru line, is renowned for its superior balance, smoothness and power delivery — and has been for over 50 years now. This horizontally opposed design boasts a low centre of gravity that helps create more balanced handling, flatter cornering and greater stability on every type of road.

It’s also an inherently compact, smooth and responsive design that feeds power directly to the drivetrain with maximum efficiency. The built-in benefits of the Boxer engine have proved that this is the one true way to harness performance and ally it with remarkable drivability.

Subaru Boxer

Symmetrical AWD

The heart of Subaru is the Symmetrical AWD system, making the whole package highly efficient - providing very precise steering response in corners, as well as surefooted stability when travelling at high speeds and in bad weather. It is this level of balance and predictability, centred on Subaru's hallmark Symmetrical AWD, which gives agility and response beyond the capabilities of conventional AWD systems. That's why Subaru has championed this key technology for decades.

Symmetrical AWD's balance is mainly due to longitudinally mounted components, with almost total side-to-side symmetry. Engines are mounted low down, while most heavy items (like the transmission) are further back, within the wheelbase. So, not only is weight balanced laterally, but the centre of gravity lies ideally between front and rear wheels.

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Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Transmission

For instant, seamless response to changing conditions, the redesigned Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission elevates efficiency of the Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD by keeping the engine in its ideal power range. Featuring a reinforced transmission case and new torque converter, Lineatronic delivers a smoother ride while also reducing mechanical noise during operation. Adaptive control automatically shifts to the most optimal gear to suit any driving style and road condition, while a stepped variable control is in tune with changes in engine speed, maximising drivability and performance.

Lineartronic is designed for linear response, and of course predictable driving means more fun behind the wheel. Yet there is more than simply selecting the most appropriate gear ratio. Another advantage of CVT is that it allows the engine to operate longer at a lower speed than conventional automatic transmission systems. A lower engine speed means better fuel economy. And CVTs also deliver a smoother ride, as it eliminates shocks when changing gears, and allows the engine to run quieter.

Transmission