Off-roading just got a lot greener thanks to the new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid on display at the 2013 New York auto show. Taking all the goodness from the regular gasoline-powered Crosstrek, the new crossover utilizes the Japanese automaker’s first hybrid system to achieve expected EPA ratings of 28/34 mpg city/highway.
Powered by a 2.0-liter Boxer engine that works with a 13.4-hp electric motor, peak output is 148 hp at 6000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm, sent to all four wheels via a CVT. Tucked underneath the underfloor storage is a 13.5kW nickel-metal hydride battery that’s recharged by a regenerative braking system. After all is said and done, the hybrid model is about 300 pounds heavier than the normal XV Crosstrek, but to keep things in balance, Subaru reengineered the chassis for the added weight to improve handling, steering, and ride.
Aside from adding the hybrid powertrain system, Subaru has changed a few other details underneath the sheetmetal. Thicker floor sections, under-floor covers, and extra sound insulation helps keep things much quieter inside the cabin, while a revised steering ratio aids with sharper handling responses.Watch Subaru WRX STI's Adjustable Wing at the Isle of Man TT Road Course
The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid is essentially the same as the gas model in terms of versatility and utility. It maintains the 8.7 inches of ground clearance, however, the underfloor battery shaves 0.7 cu ft of passenger cabin room, and 1.7 cu-ft in cargo space for a total of 50.2 cu-ft. Distinguishing features on its exterior include hybrid badges on the sides of the front doors and tailgate and a new Plasma Green Pearl exterior color. Aluminum alloy wheels are more aerodynamic, as is a new Active Grille Shutter system that helps reduce air resistance. Inside, the Crosstrek Hybrid gets an exclusive cool blue theme with silver trim and an instrument cluster with the same cool blue theme, and the hybrid system’s energy flow is displayed on the multi-information screen.
Standard features include a rear view camera, and a standard all-weather package that throws in heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes at the end of this year, and although pricing hasn’t been announced, expect it to be north of the 2013 Crosstrek’s $22,745 starting price.
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