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March 30, 2013 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Introduced in New York

Subaru of America is talking up its first production hybrid, unveiling the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The new car is based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013. The hybrid model is slated to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter.

Subaru of America unveiled the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show.

Subaru of America unveiled the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show.

“When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD (all-wheel drive) hybrid crossover in America,” Subaru says. “In developing its first-ever hybrid, Subaru chose one of its popular, go-anywhere crossover vehicle platforms.”

Combined fuel efficiency is reported to be 31 miles per gallon, compared with 28 mpg for the standard 2013 Crosstrek with continuously variable transmission – a modest gain of about 11%.

Panasonic NiMH cell

Panasonic NiMH cell

NiMH Battery by Panasonic

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid has a 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine with a 13.4-horsepower electric motor integrated into the Lineartronic brand CVT. It has a 100-volt, 13.5-kilowatt Panasonic nickel metal hydride battery under “a revised rear floor area.”

The engine uses and integrated starter/generator for automatic start/stop. “The compact hybrid system weighs just 209 pounds and places the electric motor just behind the transmission and in front of continuously variable transfer clutch,” Subaru says.

“Under light acceleration, the Subaru-engineered hybrid system uses the electric motor for initial vehicle acceleration and then starts the gasoline engine once underway. 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.”

Total extra weight is about 300 pounds, with chassis re-engineered accordingly.

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Source: Subaru and Panasonic releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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