The brand did say the car will be the “most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions [all-wheel drive] hybrid crossover in America,” although that statement raises questions about what really constitutes a crossover. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid rides on the same chassis as it’s gas-only sibling, which also means it shares underpinnings with the Impreza.
Extra weight from the hybrid system meant that the brand needed to re-engineer that chassis — something Subaru says improves its steering, handling and ride. It also has a revised steering ratio and retuned suspension.
The new drivetrain is a marriage between a 2.0-liter Boxer four cylinder and a 13.4-hp electric motor feeding power into a CVT. You won’t find any lithium ion batteries here either; instead the car is using nickel-metal hydride to store power.
In total the car is 300 lbs heavier than the gasoline-only version and manages to retain most of its interior space, only losing 0.7 cubic feet.
Subaru expects the XV Crosstrek Hybrid to reach dealers during the fourth quarter of this year and hasn’t announced how much more it will cost.
GALLERY: 2014 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
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