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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid


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Subaru is going to expand the XV lineup with the addition of a XV Crosstrek Hybrid version – the brand’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle. The model made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and will be put on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.

With the new XV Crosstreck Hybrid, Subaru managed to keep all the features offered in the standard version, but enhanced it with higher fuel efficiency. The model is powered by a compact hybrid system that weighs just 209 pounds, so the new hybrid model weights just 300 pounds more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek.

The model displayed in New York featurs a very cool Plasma Green Pearl exterior color - an exclusive feature for the XV Hybrid.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 10/2/2013: Subaru has finally released the XV Crosstrek Hybrids pricing details. It starts at $25,995, plus delivery. See all of the details after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

Exterior

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

The exterior design language remains basically identical to the standard version, except that it adds "Hybrid" badges at the front edges of the front doors and on the tailgate. As an exclusive feature, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid is offered with a new Plasma Green Pearl exterior color.

Exterior dimensions

Wheelbase103.7 in.
Length175.2 in.
Width70.1 in. (78.8 in. inc. mirrors)
Height63.6 in. with roof rails
Ground clearance8.7 in. at front crossmember
Angle of approach18.0 deg.
Angle of departure27.7 deg.
Ramp break-over angle20.2 deg.
Track (front/rear)60.0/60.0 in

Interior

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

The interior also retains elements from the standard XV, but it adds a clean, cool blue theme with silver trim to underscore the advanced hybrid engineering. Subaru also installed an exclusive instrument cluster featuring gradations of the blue color scheme to provide a sense of depth.

As standard feature, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid adds a Color Multi-Function Display that display info on the hybrid drivetrain.

Interior dimensions

Headroom (f/r)39.8/37.7 in.
Legroom (f/r)43.5/35.4 in.
Hip room (f/r)52.2/53.1 in.
Shoulder room (f/r)55.6/54.2 in.
EPA interior volume97.5 cu. ft.
Trunk liftover height28.1. in.
Cargo area height28.5 in.
Cargo volume Rear seats up/down:21.5 cu. ft./50.2 cu. ft.

Drivetrain

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Under the hood of the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru combined a 13.4-horspower electric motor with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.

The electric motor takes its power from a 100-volt, 13.5 kW nickel-metal hydride battery located under a revised rear floor area. The hybrid system is mated to a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and a standard auto start/stop system that shuts the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped. Surprisingly, Subaru has not released any preliminary mpg numbers. Very odd decision...

Hybrid System4-cylinder BOXER engine and Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with integrated electric motor
Electric motor13.4 horsepower, 48 pound-feet
Hybrid battery13.5 kW, 100-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery; drive motor inverter and DC/DC converter installed under rear cargo area
Gasoline engine4-cylinder horizontally opposed (BOXER), alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads
Displacement1,995 cc / 122 cu. in.
Bore x stroke3.31 in. x 3.54 in.
Compression ratio10.8-to-1
Horsepower148 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque145 pound-feet @ 4,200 rpm
Fuel systemSequential multi-port fuel injection, electronic throttle control

Prices

The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model arrives in Subaru dealerships fourth quarter of 2013 at a starting price of $25,995, plus delivery.

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP
XV Crosstrek HybridCVT$25,995
XV Crosstrek Hybrid TouringCVT$29,295

Competition

The new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is not the only hybrid SUV to be unveiled on the New York.

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Well, there are currently no compact crossover hybrids to compete with the XV Crosstrek, so we’ll off up the closest we can find to it: the Pathfinder Hybrid. The Hybrid version of the new-generation Pathfinder drops the usual 3.5-liter V-6 engine in favor of a new supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor. This system delivers a total of 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque - a good bit more than the XV, but they are both the proof that the hybrid market will expand in the upcoming future.

Conclusion

With the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid Subaru wants to offer an more environmental-friendly alternative to its customers. The fact that the model manages to retain the look and the same level of of the standard version will help it gain lots of customers.

LOVE IT
  • Looks cool in that Green exterior paint
  • Delivers same features as standard version
LEAVE IT
  • Not very powerful
  • No mpg numbers released on the debut of its first hybrid, bad form

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the brand’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Based on the popular XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model arrives in Subaru dealerships fourth quarter of 2013. When the XV Crosstrek Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

In developing its first-ever hybrid, Subaru chose one of its popular, go-anywhere crossover vehicle platforms. As a result, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers all the capability and versatility of the gasoline XV Crosstrek. The added benefits of a hybrid powertrain, including higher fuel efficiency, broaden the vehicle’s appeal. Key to this approach is that the XV Crosstrek Hybrid shares the gasoline model’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and chassis capability. For example, the 8.7 inches of ground clearance is the same as for the gas model and is higher than for some dedicated SUVs, while providing a low step-in height.

With the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru re-engineered the chassis to handle the added weight of the battery system, improving handling, steering and ride. In addition to chassis changes, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid added extra sound insulation, a start/stop feature, revised HVAC, new gauge cluster, keyless start and numerous other changes.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine with a 13.4-hp electric motor that’s integrated into the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A 100v, 13.5kw nickel-metal hydride battery is located under a revised rear floor area, and the engine uses and integrated starter/generator for the automatic start/stop feature. The compact hybrid system weighs just 209 lbs. and places the electric motor just behind the transmission and in front of continuously variable transfer clutch. With the addition of all the new features, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid weighs approximately 300 lbs. more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek.

Under light acceleration, the Subaru-engineered hybrid system uses the electric motor for initial vehicle acceleration and then starts the gasoline engine once underway. The electric motor can also provide motor assist for acceleration in parallel with the gasoline engine, and an EV mode will operate the vehicle in certain low-speed situations.

Same Capability and Utility as Gas Model

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Significantly, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid builds upon the utility and versatility of the gas model, while also offering enhanced handling responses and quieter driving performance.

The Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD provides the same operation and benefits as in the gasoline model. The system sends power to the four wheels all the time and adjusts the torque distribution in response to acceleration, cornering and road conditions.

Passenger cabin room in the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid is essentially the same as in the gas model (0.7 cu. ft. difference), while the hybrid’s maximum cargo room (rear seatbacks down) measures 50.2 cu. ft., vs. 51.9 in the gas model.

In addition to optimizing the 2.0-liter FB-series BOXER engine to reduce internal friction, Subaru applied a number of other efficiency-enhancing technologies to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. An Auto Start/Stop system shuts down the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped. Brake regeneration works when the car is coasting or the driver has applied the brake, recapturing kinetic energy from the turning wheels to recharge the battery.

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

All-season tires are mounted on new aluminum alloy-wheels with an aerodynamic design. Exclusive to the North American market, a new Active Grille Shutter system helps reduce air resistance. The air conditioning system uses a temperature and humidity sensor to optimize operation for reduced draw on engine power.

Subaru retuned the platform’s suspension and revised the steering ratio to give the XV Crosstrek Hybrid sharper handling responses. Numerous enhancements that help to reduce noise include thicker floor sections, under-floor covers and additional sound insulation.

Sophisticated Appearance

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

In addition to the different wheels, exterior enhancements readily differentiate the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid from the gasoline model. “HYBRID” badges appear at the front edges of the front doors and on the tailgate. A new Plasma Green Pearl exterior color, exclusive to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, spotlights the vehicle’s environmental character.

Inside, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid features a clean, cool blue theme with silver trim to underscore the advanced hybrid engineering. The instrument cluster, exclusive to this model, uses gradations of the blue color scheme to provide a sense of depth.

The Color Multi-Function Display shows the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions. Using switching screens, the display was designed to combine driving operation information with entertainment content, and its screen can be easily viewed from any seat.



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