New fourth-generation Forester and its first-ever gas/electric model, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, for 2014.

XV Crosstrek® Hybrid is Brand’s First-Ever Gas/Electric Model

The all-new XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers all the capability and versatility of the gasoline XV Crosstrek, adding the benefits of a hybrid powertrain, including higher fuel efficiency. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid shares the gasoline model’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and chassis capability, including 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine with a 13.4-hp electric motor that’s integrated into the Lineartronic CVT. A 100.8V, 13.5kWh nickel-metal hydride battery is located under a revised rear floor area, and the engine uses and integrated starter/generator for the automatic start/stop feature. 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 assist 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 under certain conditions. Brake regeneration works when the car is coasting or the driver has applied the brake, recapturing kinetic energy from the turning wheels to recharge the battery. A new Active Grille Shutter system helps reduce air resistance, and the air conditioning system uses a temperature and humidity sensor to optimize operation for reduced draw on engine power.

Passenger cabin room in the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid is essentially the same as in the gas model (0.7 cu. ft. difference), while the Hybrid’s maximum cargo room (rear seatbacks down) measures 50.2 cu. ft., vs. 51.9 in the gas model. Subaru retuned the platform’s suspension and revised the steering ratio to give the XV Crosstrek Hybrid sharper handling responses.

An exclusive wheel design and other exterior enhancements differentiate the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid from the gasoline model. The Color Multi-Function Display shows the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions.

In the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Front Crash Prevention (FHP) test program, the 2014 Legacy sedan and Outback with the available EyeSight system were the only vehicles to receive highest possible score of six points and were two of seven models from 74 tested to receive highest possible “Superior” rating. The Superior rating is given to vehicles that have an autobraking system such as Subaru EyeSight and can avoid a crash or substantially reduce speeds in both tests. In addition, the 2014 Legacy and Outback models are Top Safety Pick+ award winners.

Source Subaru of America, Inc.

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