Subaru will be launching their first ever hybrid model this summer and the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid will feature some new technology and will also come with some familiar features that will enable the new hybrid model to perform like the gasoline model. Subaru is showcasing the new hybrid crossover next week at the 2013 JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition. This is Japan's largest vehicle technology exhibition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. What new technology can we expect to see on the first hybrid from Subaru?
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) the maker of Subaru automobiles will showcase their latest technologies including the XV Hybrid (Japanese specification prototype) will be on display along with their 2.0 liter Boxer horizontally-opposed direct injection turbo engine. Subaru’s first-ever XV Crosstrek Hybrid model comes with the brands distinctive features that have made the brand so popular among young active buyers. It will feature 8.7 inches of ground clearance for those looking to take the crossover off-road, and it still features Subaru’s excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.
This feature will enhance the driving experience
The all-new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will still offer the brand's same distinctive, enjoyable driving experience as the gasoline model. This is due to the low center of gravity and superior weight balance that Subaru engineers were able to achieve. This is due in part to the partially modified Boxer engine that sits low in the chassis, and also the components for the hybrid system such as a motor and a high voltage battery are installed in such a way as to maintain Subaru's unique Symmetrical All-Wheel drive (AWD) layout.
Subaru developed their own in-house hybrid system that uses a motor assist function, that will give drivers smooth acceleration from a standing start. This is achieved through the use of the new efficient Lineartronic (CVT), with an electric motor that has been installed behind the primary pulley between the transmission and the drivetrain. The hybrid drive will appear seamless as it transfers electric power to the wheels and drivers will feel a smooth transfer of power.
Improved fuel efficiency is also achieved
But what kind of fuel mileage will the new Subaru XV Crosstrek hybrid offer buyers? Subaru says the new Hybrid model will achieve 20.0km/liter (47 mpg) from the Japanese JC08 test cycle that was conducted for the new XV Hybrid. This test cycle is is expected to be more “real-world” and meets Japans new more demanding 2015 Fuel Economy Standards ahead of time.
The hybrid system offers EV (Electric Vehicle) driving at low speeds and motor assist driving at medium speeds. Thus the Subaru XV hybrid achieves both enhanced fuel economy and a responsive driving experience. The electric motor provides 13.4 horsepower and more importantly, 48 lb ft of torque. This will increase extra boost while driving and increase fuel economy. The hybrid system can be driven in electric-only mode up to 25 mph.
New engine technology
Subaru will also showcase their new 2.0 Liter horizonally-opposed direct injection turbo engine at the 2013 JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition. Subaru's own direct injection technology was applied to the new-generation Boxer engine. By injecting fuel directly into cylinders, combustion efficiency was heightened, resulting in both high engine output and fuel efficiency. They will also bring their new Lineartronic (CVT) and it will be on display along side the engine.
The 2013 JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition will be held from May 22 through May 24 at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama, Japan. Look for the all-new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid with the motor assist, low center of gravity, and new engine technology to be introduced to the Japan market early this summer.