The XV Hybrid will keep its Subaru roots, and retain its symmetrical all-wheel drive setup. Engine options were not divulged by the brand, but the current XV Crosstrek is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 hp, mated to either a CVT or a five-speed manual transmission.
Of course, the hybrid is all about fuel economy. The EPA rating for the CVT-equipped Crosstrek is 25/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, while the manual transmission Crosstrek gets 23/30/26. Equipped with the hybrid package, the fuel economy will no doubt improve considerably, and could crack 30 mpg in the city.
Subaru showed off the Hybrid Tourer Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, which used a 1.6-liter four-cylinder direct-injection boxer gasoline engine mated to an in-house hybrid system. It also utilized regenerative braking and a lithium-ion battery back, all of which will probably find their way onto the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
Sitting beside the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in New York will be a new performance concept car, details of which were not discussed. This concept is likely a peek at what is coming for the next-generation WRX STi, though it could be a new variant of the BRZ.
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