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

Subaru Crosstek Hybrid

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.