Subaru launched its first-ever hybrid at the New York Auto Show right after a briefing by the automaker in Tokyo. Subaru says its XV Crosstrek Hybrid crossover gets 11% better fuel economy than its non-hybrid counterpart. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s drivetrain combines a nickel-metal hybrid battery and electric motor on a Subaru all-wheel drive system.
While yet to be officially EPA rated, Subaru expects it to get 28 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. That would be an 11% increase over the combined 28 mpg rating for the traditional gasoline engine XV Crosstek with an automatic transmission.
Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. thinks hybrid technology will lift fuel economy for an automakers whose product lineup has been heavy in crossovers and all-wheel drive vehicles.
Subaru also announced that the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is schedule to arrive at US showrooms in the fall. During the New York Auto Show, Subaru also showed a concept WRX performance model; it could foreshadows the look of the next generation turbocharged Impreza performance spinoff.