Subaru Introduces Its First Production Hybrid Model At The 2013 New York International Auto Show

   Subaru Introduces Its First Production Hybrid Model At The 2013 New York
                           International Auto Show

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oSubaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid based on popular XV Crosstrek crossover
  oSubaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover
    in America.
  oSubaru-engineered hybrid system uses 2.0-liter BOXER engine and integrates
    an electric motor into a continuously variable transmission
  oSymmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard offers solid, all-terrain performance
  oSame utility and versatility as the gasoline model

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Subaru of America, Inc. today unveiled the brand's first-ever production
hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, at the 2013 New York
International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Based on the popular XV
Crosstrek crossover introduced for 2013, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model
arrives in Subaru dealerships fourth quarter of 2013. When the XV Crosstrek
Hybrid goes on sale it will be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions
AWD hybrid crossover in America.

In developing its first-ever hybrid, Subaru chose one of its popular,
go-anywhere crossover vehicle platforms. As a result, the new XV Crosstrek
Hybrid offers all the capability and versatility of the gasoline XV Crosstrek.
The added benefits of a hybrid powertrain, including higher fuel efficiency,
broaden the vehicle's appeal. Key to this approach is that the XV Crosstrek
Hybrid shares the gasoline model's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and chassis
capability. For example, the 8.7 inches of ground clearance is the same as for
the gas model and is higher than for some dedicated SUVs, while providing a
low step-in height.

With the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru re-engineered the chassis to handle the
added weight of the battery system, improving handling, steering and ride. In
addition to chassis changes, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid added extra sound
insulation, a start/stop feature, revised HVAC, new gauge cluster, keyless
start and numerous other changes.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine with a
13.4-hp electric motor that's integrated into the Lineartronic^® Continuously
Variable Transmission (CVT). A 100v, 13.5kw nickel-metal hydride battery is
located under a revised rear floor area, and the engine uses and integrated
starter/generator for the automatic start/stop feature. The compact hybrid
system weighs just 209 lbs. and places the electric motor just behind the
transmission and in front of continuously variable transfer clutch. With the
addition of all the new features, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid weighs approximately
300 lbs. more than the gasoline engine XV Crosstrek.

Under light acceleration, the Subaru-engineered hybrid system uses the
electric motor for initial vehicle acceleration and then starts the gasoline
engine once underway. The electric motor can also provide motor assist for
acceleration in parallel with the gasoline engine, and an EV mode will operate
the vehicle in certain low-speed situations.

Same Capability and Utility as Gas Model

Significantly, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid builds upon the utility and
versatility of the gas model, while also offering enhanced handling responses
and quieter driving performance.

The Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD provides the same operation
and benefits as in the gasoline model. The system sends power to the four
wheels all the time and adjusts the torque distribution in response to
acceleration, cornering and road conditions.

Passenger cabin room in the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid is essentially the same as
in the gas model (0.7 cu. ft. difference), while the hybrid's maximum cargo
room (rear seatbacks down) measures 50.2 cu. ft., vs. 51.9 in the gas model.

In addition to optimizing the 2.0-liter FB-series BOXER engine to reduce
internal friction, Subaru applied a number of other efficiency-enhancing
technologies to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. An Auto Start/Stop system shuts down
the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped. Brake regeneration works when
the car is coasting or the driver has applied the brake, recapturing kinetic
energy from the turning wheels to recharge the battery.

All-season tires are mounted on new aluminum alloy-wheels with an aerodynamic
design. Exclusive to the North American market, a new Active Grille Shutter
system helps reduce air resistance. The air conditioning system uses a
temperature and humidity sensor to optimize operation for reduced draw on
engine power.

Subaru retuned the platform's suspension and revised the steering ratio to
give the XV Crosstrek Hybrid sharper handling responses. Numerous enhancements
that help to reduce noise include thicker floor sections, under-floor covers
and additional sound insulation.

Sophisticated Appearance

In addition to the different wheels, exterior enhancements readily
differentiate the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid from the gasoline model. "HYBRID"
badges appear at the front edges of the front doors and on the tailgate. A new
Plasma Green Pearl exterior color, exclusive to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid,
spotlights the vehicle's environmental character.

Inside, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid features a clean, cool blue theme with
silver trim to underscore the advanced hybrid engineering. The instrument
cluster, exclusive to this model, uses gradations of the blue color scheme to
provide a sense of depth.

The Color Multi-Function Display shows the hybrid system's energy flow
according to driving conditions. Using switching screens, the display was
designed to combine driving operation information with entertainment content,
and its screen can be easily viewed from any seat.

Additional images and information can be found at: media.subaru.com

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more
than 600 dealers across the United States.All Subaru products are
manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana
Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated
a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For
additional information visit www.subaru.com.

Contact: Dominick Infante
         Subaru of America, Inc.
         856-488-8615
         dinfante@subaru.com
         Jessica Tullman
         Subaru of America, Inc.
         310-352-4400
         jtullman@subaru.com

SOURCE Subaru of America, Inc.

Website: http://www.subaru.com
 
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