Details about the Subaru XV Hybrid, the brand's first petrol-electric production model, have been officially released but the frugal four-wheel-drive won't be imported to Australia.
On sale in Japan and the US as the range flagship model, the Subaru XV Hybrid combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor with battery pack, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) exclusively developed for the hybrid model.
Subaru claims fuel consumption of 5.0 litres per 100km – down 2L/100km compared with the existing 2.0-litre petrol-only XV.
The XV Hyrbid continues the Japanese manufacturer’s trademark full-time all-wheel drive, with torque distributed to all four wheels whether using electric or petrol power, or both.
Subaru says the XV Hybrid not only maintains the standard car’s exterior dimensions, but also keeps its overall front to rear weight distribution and low centre of gravity by housing the high voltage battery, inverter and DC-DC converter as one unit under the cargo floor.
In addition to a new multi-function display that shows the hybrid system’s energy flow, engine/electric motor operation and battery brake regeneration progress, a feature called 'Eco-Cruise Control' has also been added.
Working with Subaru’s EyeSight driving assist system’s adaptive cruise control, Eco-Cruise Control ensures EV driving time is maximised.
Other changes compared with the standard XV include clear-lens tail-lights, unique alloy wheels, ‘Hybrid’ badges, and a two-tone silver and black Alcantara interior trim, as well as additional noise insulation to reduce the hybrid vehicle’s “unique noise” and a large undercar cover to improve aerodynamic performance.
Despite the Subaru XV Hybrid being produced in both left- and right-hand drive, Subaru Australia’s national corporate affairs manager David Rowley reiterated that the local division has no plans to offer the car here.