Subaru Rolls Out its First-Ever Hybrid at New York Auto Show

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.



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