Is a 2015 Subaru Legacy hybrid in the works?
The 2015 Subaru Legacy concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show 2013 with a new design but will it also be coming with a new hybrid powertrain? We know Subaru has already developed their own hybrid system in-house for the 2014 XV Crosstrek. As we reported yesterday, Subaru is looking to borrow Toyota’s hybrid technology for their future hybrid vehicles.
Because Toyota owns a 16.5 percent stake in Subaru making it Fuji Heavy’s largest shareholder, they have the advantage of using the excellent Toyota hybrid technology. As we reported yesterday, Naoto Muto, executive vice president for global engineering at Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), said the brand's in-house hybrid technology is “geared more toward sportier driving than fuel economy.”
Subaru is looking to bring out more new hybrids beyond the new 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid that was just launched. When they do, they will need to increase fuel mileage in future hybrids to stay competitive. But if they do borrow the Prius technology, they will need to modify it to make it work with their all-wheel-drive Symmetrical layout. Muto went on to say, "We are now considering how we can adapt Toyota's system into Subaru vehicles in the future."