Subaru Forester e-Boxer Hybrid Coming in 2019; Outback Hybrid is Next
Subaru Corporation is getting ready to launch the new 2019 Forester eBoxer Hybrid in Japan, and speaking with Motoring at the launch of the all-new Forester in Japan this week, Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie said the new Forester Hybrid will launch in Australia next year and is also heading to Europe.
Christie says, “The move towards electrification means we’ll have a hybrid Forester in the market by the end of next year, and a second hybrid model shortly after that in early 2020. It’s the first hybrid for Subaru in Oz and we’re really excited about it.”
The e-BOXER hybrid system could also be available in the new Outback within the next 18 to 24 months according to the report. Subaru is launching their first-ever new 2019 Crosstrek plug-in-hybrid later this year in the U.S. market. But it’s unclear if the U.S. will get the Forester e-Boxer hybrid model.
We do know Subaru is not developing an all-new model and using their existing model lineup for their hybrid models. “It makes sense that our hybrid models are in packages that everybody knows and understands, and not a completely standalone product,” Christie continued.
Subaru is expected to launch an all-electric model by the year 2022. “If electric vehicles are only a few years behind our mild-hybrid (e-Boxer) range, then I could see us moving from the mild hybrid variants straight into an electric vehicle at some point in time.”
Incoming Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura is counting on the redesigned fifth-generation Forester to stoke U.S. sales and help rebuild the brand's tarnished image at home. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester e-Boxer Hybrid is launching in Japan now, and Australia and Europe next year. The e-Boxer hybrid system could also be available in the new-generation Outback in early 2020. Subaru has not confirmed whether the U.S. consumers will get these models.
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