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.
Subaru has never been one to be afraid to innovate. This it proves once again with the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid. This new model offers smooth and quiet driving even though it has been built on the versatility, operational utility, and functionality of the gas model.
XV Crosstrek Hybrid is equipped with an Active Torque Split version of the Symmetrical AWD. What this system does is it enables adjustments in torque distribution as it responds to road conditions, cornering, and acceleration. The system also provides the four wheels with power, proof of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s dynamic driving capability. For sharper handling, the Crosstrek Hybrid’s platform suspension has been retuned while its steering ratio has also been enhanced. Noise has also been diminished with the addition of sound insulation plus the improvements made in the floor sections.
Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s cargo room measures 50.2 cubic feet with rear seatbacks down, a slight decrease of 1.7 cubic feet compared to the gas model. But for the passenger cabin room, there is only a marginal difference of .7 cubic feet between the XV Crosstrek Hybrid and the gas model.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid has been designed not just for great driving but also for efficiency. Subaru made sure it incorporated its efficiency-enhancing technology into the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Evidence of this is the 2.0 liter FB-series Boxer engine that allows it to reduce internal friction. When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is braking or coasting, it is capable of brake regeneration as it recaptures from the turning wheels the kinetic energy which it then utilizes to recharge its battery.
It also comes with an Auto Start and Stop system which automatically shuts down the engine of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid when it comes to a stop. For the North American market, Subaru offers in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid models an exclusive Active Grille Shutter system which allows reduction of air resistance. It also offers an air conditioning system that utilizes temperature and humidity sensors intended for reduced draw of the engine power.