Why is Subaru shipping the new 2019 Forester e-Boxer hybrid to Europe and Australia, but U.S. customers get left out? That’s an answer only Subaru execs can answer and they aren’t talking. The advantage of the new Subaru Forester e-Boxer is first of all fuel-efficiency, but what are the other benefits U.S. customers are missing out on?
The Forester e-Boxer has been selling well around the globe and it would likely be a hit in the U.S. too if customers could get one. The advantages of a hybrid are having both a gas engine and an electric motor allowing for all-electric propulsion for short distances. The battery is self-charging while you drive and there is no need to plug it in. Many Americans like the hybrid system over the limited range of an all-electric car, and it’s why Toyota continues to move in this direction.
2019 Subaru Forester e-Boxer hybrid
By using both power sources hybrids reduce CO2, NOx, and particulate emissions, and make driving more efficient by using less fuel. In the Subaru Forester e-Boxer, the Japanese automaker uses the newly-updated 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine plus electric technology producing the "e-Boxer". Working together, the engine and motor automatically adjust the hybrid power to achieve the most efficient driving mode depending on your speed and the driving conditions.
The Forester e-Boxer hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery, and when coupled with the 2.0-liter gas engine, the extra torque from the electric motor provides acceleration that will exceed that of the 2.5-liter gas model with improved fuel-efficiency. Customers get the same Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, and X-Mode all-terrain traction as the regular Forester. The only disadvantage over the standard model is the cargo area is reduced because of the battery located in the rear.
The electric motor can power the compact SUV in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, and the gas engine can also take over when more power is needed. At times, both the electric motor and the gas engine deliver power together. Whenever the engine is running, and whenever the car decelerates or brakes, energy is recovered and is used to recharge the battery making it a self-charging hybrid vehicle.
The 2019 Subaru Forester e-Boxer Hybrid offers a good blend of gas engine power and electric motor power providing a more fuel-efficient compact SUV. Subaru estimates the new e-Boxer will get up to 35 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 150g/km. Many U.S. customers would buy one if they could just get their hands on one.
2019 Subaru Forester e-Boxer STI
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