Subaru has unveiled a Japanese specification prototype of its first hybrid model at the technical presentation event held in Japan. Introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is Subaru’s first-ever hybrid vehicle said to offer the brand’s distinctive driving experience.
By using a motor assist function, Subaru claims to offer a system that offers both enhanced fuel economy (20.0km/litre in JC08 mode) and smooth acceleration.
The transmission was developed exclusively for the hybrid model. Based on the Lineartronic (CVT), a motor was installed behind the primary pulley. A 2.0-liter DOHC Horizontally-Opposed 4-cylinder gasoline engine was partially modified for the hybrid model, including reduction in engine friction.
By compactly housing heavy parts for the hybrid system such as the high voltage battery under the cargo space, Subaru claims that overall front rear weight distribution and the low center of gravity are maintained at the same level as the petrol model.
The hybrid system offers a full EV (Electric Vehicle) mode at low speeds and motor assisted driving at medium speeds. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be introduced to Japan market in early summer this year.