2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru unveiled their first Hybrid vehicle at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid claims to be one of the most fuel efficient cars available on the American market.

The model is based on the 2013 XV Crosstrek with a few modifications to the chassis to fit the batteries and the hybrid motor.
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Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Hybrid SUV Base Price: NA
Fuel Tank Capacity: NA MPG: 28 city / 34 hwy
Dimensions*
Length: 175.2 in. (445 cm) Wheel Base: 103.7 in. (263.4 cm)
Height: 63.6 in. (161.5 cm) Width: 70.1 in. (178 cm)
Curb Weight: 3296 lbs** (1495 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.7 in. (22.1 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 50.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 4 Cylinder Subaru Boxer Hybrid Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 148 HP Max RPM: NA
Torque: 145 lb-ft Transmission: Lineartronic® CVT
Electric Motor: 13.4 HP Battery: 100v 13.5kW

*gas XV Crosstek specifications
**Estimate with battery

Engine & Motor

The 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.0 liter engine and a 13.4 HP electric motor with a 100 volt, 13.5 kW battery stored under the rear floor. Weighting only 209 lbs, the electric motor gets powered during the initial acceleration.

The motor system is also used in low speed situations, working in tandem with the gas engine. Additionally, the Crosstrek makes use of technologies such as break regeneration to convert some of the kinetic energy to recharge the battery.
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Performance

Despite the fact that its appearance is similar to the gas version, the Crosstrek Hybrid improved on the steering and handling. The improvements were necessary because of the added weight of the electric motor.

It has the same versatility as the 2013 Crosstrek but due to the hybrid technology, it has a sharper response and aids to produce low noise while driving.

Exterior

The Hybrid Crosstrek's design is similar to its gas counterpart but with key elements that distinguish the two from each other. The front doors and tailgate have "Hybrid" markers while the wheels have been changed completely.

In addition to these changes, the Hybrid Crosstrek will be available in a plasma green color which is currently unavailable for the gas version.

Interior

Looking at the interior, the car will feature a blue themed design with silver trims. The gauges and instruments use also blue in various gradations.

The 2014 Crosstrek Hybrid will be available during the last quarter of 2013. According to the Subaru, their first hybrid will also be one of the most fuel efficient available on the American market. It offers the same if not improved versatility and driving feel as the gas version but with the added benefit of having a fuel efficient car.
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