Published on November 21st, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


Subaru Launches Their First Plug-in Hybrid in the US

Subaru Corporation has introduced its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, in the U.S. The Crosstrek is of course, known as the XV in many other markets, including ours.

Offering real all-wheel capability in a hybrid package, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a highly anticipated SUV that embodies the company’s environmental vision.

The brand’s first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, provides the enhanced environmental performance to meet the social needs while keeping all the capability and versatility of the standard Crosstrek.

With a combination of superior driving dynamics and improved environmental performance, the Crosstrek Hybrid offers a new “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind” driving experience that conventional gas-powered models cannot match.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will go on sale at U.S. Subaru retailers by the end of this year. No announcements have been made about an ‘XV Hybrid’.

Main Features of Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

・The Hybrid features the new Subaru StarDrive Technology that uniquely integrates electric motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and a new Lineartronic (Continuously Variable Transmission)

・EV range of 17 miles (27.36km) covers a variety of trips
・Up to 90 MPGe (2.6L/100km) with a total range of 480 miles (772.5km)

・Smooth, responsive and strong acceleration when using both gas and electric power
・Superb rough road driving capability thanks to the quick response of electric motor

・Charging from an ordinary household power outlet is also available, besides a specific charger, for user convenience
・The high-voltage cables that connect components like the power control unit that controls the high voltage battery and energy flows, and the motor/generator have been designed with numerous forms of protection including shielding and covers for safety

・Towing capacity of up to around 1000 lbs (1.6 tonnes) for various objects
・Display contents specific for the Plug-In Hybrid model and the telematics system enhanced by exclusive features provide added convenience and comfort

・The Remote Battery Charging Timer function allows to change charge setting remotely from smartphone app
・The Remote Climate Control function allows to control the vehicle’s air conditioning system remotely, before getting onto it, using a smartphone app or the key

・An electronically controlled brake system that consists of regenerative brakes and mechanical brakes has been adopted
・Versatile packaging achieved by minimizing the impact of added plug-in hybrid exclusive components
・Collision safety performance is based on the safe framework of the Subaru Global Platform, and features a strengthened chassis platform to support the increased weight of the Plug-In Hybrid system, as well as protection for the High voltage battery to ensure Crosstrek’s class leading safety even in the Plug-In Hybrid model

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