Subaru Unveils the XV Crosstrek Hybrid at the New York Motor Show
|   Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Subaru has showcased the first hybrid vehicle from its stable – the XV Crosstrek Hybrid – at the New York Motor Show. Subaru claims that the hybrid offers every feature of the XV with additional fuel efficiency and tax benefits. This makes this vehicle a lucrative proposition. Subaru claims that the XV Crosstrek features no negative aspects normally associated with petrol electric hybrid vehicles and this could be a deciding factor while marketing this vehicle.


The vehicle is powered by Subaru's 2.0 liter petrol boxer engine displacing 148 BHP along with 145 ft lb of torque. The engine has been tuned to reduce internal friction and this enhances the power displacement capacity of the engine while enhancing efficiency. The electric motor displaces 13.4 BHP along with 48 ft lb of torque which is supplied by a 13.5w, 100v metal – nickel hybrid battery.

The Crosstrek Hybrid sports a Symmetrical All Wheel Drive technology from Subaru and this enhances the sports capability of the vehicle. The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid weighs an additional 136 kg as compared to the petrol Crosstrek and the chassis modifications are what define this vehicle. Subaru has improved the overall handling potential of the Crosstrek Hybrid and this makes the vehicle pleasing to drive.

Although the battery network is stored in the boot of the vehicle, the advanced designing of the body does not reduce the overall boot space of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. The boot space of the vehicle with the rear seats folded is 1421 liters as compared to the petrol versions' 1469 liter boot space. Subaru has installed regenerative braking in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid as well as stop / start technology with a separate generator.

This enhances the Subaru's overall performance as well as the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. On a combined scale, the fuel efficiency recorded by Subaru is 31 MPG. Subaru is offering chrome grille and rims on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid as optional and has introduced a Plasma Green Pearl paint scheme on the exterior of the vehicle. Subaru however has no immediate plans of launching this vehicle in Britain at the moment.

Details of the interior are not out in general but it should be standard considering the overall build quality of the vehicle. The price of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is not out in public as of yet but it should be disclosed by the end of the ongoing New York Motor Show. A petrol hybrid vehicle from Subaru was unexpected but the off road capability of this vehicle is yet to be determined.

A formal road test has not been conducted as of yet and this is stalling people experts from rating this vehicle freely. However it is expected to be a fairly successful considering Subaru's expertise in the field of off road vehicles. The new drive train could be used in future vehicles if the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is successfully placed in the market. The hype around this vehicle was considerably high during launch and this could affect sales post launch.
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