The WRX Concept was not the only vehicle unveiled by Subaru at the 2013 New York Auto Show as the Japanese company also brought its first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Based on the popular XV Crosstrek the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrod will arrive in Subaru dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The new car is equipped with a 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine combined with a 13.4-hp electric motor that’s integrated into the Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Moreover, a 100v, 13.5kw nickel-metal hydride battery is also located under a revised rear floor area. The compact hybrid system weighs just 209 lbs. and places the electric motor just behind the transmission and in front of continuously variable transfer clutch.
As a result, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid weighs approximately 300 lbs. more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek. Moreover, the 8.7 inches of ground clearance is the same as for the gas model and is higher than for some dedicated SUVs.
The hybrid system acts just like any other system from other company, which means that under light acceleration the XV Crosstrek Hybrid uses the electric motor and then starts the gasoline engine. The electric motor can also provide motor assist for acceleration in parallel with the gasoline engine, and an EV mode will operate the vehicle in certain low-speed situations.
An Auto Start/Stop system shuts down the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped. Brake regeneration works when the brake is applied, An Auto Start/Stop system shuts down the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped.
In terms of design, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid comes with different wheels, a new Plasma Green Pearl exterior color and Hybrid badges on the front edges of the front doors and on the tailgate. Inside, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid features a clean, cool blue theme with silver trim to underscore the advanced hybrid engineering. The Color Multi-Function Display shows the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions.