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 
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today 
announced the unveiling of 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 will arrive in Subaru 
dealerships during the fourth quarter of 2013. 
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-powered 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 Subaru symmetrical full-time 
All-Wheel Drive and chassis capability. For example, the 220 millimetres of 
ground clearance is the same and is higher than 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, a new gauge cluster and 
numerous other changes. 
The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid combines a 2.0-litre Subaru BOXER engine with a 
13.4-horsepower electric motor that's integrated into the Lineartronic 
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A 100-volt, 13.5-kilowatt 
nickel-metal hydride battery is located under a revised rear floor area and 
the engine uses an integrated starter/generator for the automatic start/stop 
feature. The compact hybrid system weighs just 95 kilograms and places the 
electric motor just behind the transmission and in front of the continuously 
variable transfer clutch. With the addition of all the new features, the XV 
Crosstrek Hybrid weighs approximately 136 kilograms 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 
Significantly, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid builds upon the utility and 
versatility of the gas model, while also offering enhanced handling response 
and quieter driving performance. 
The Active Torque Split version of Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD provides 
the same operation and benefits as in the gasoline model. The system sends 
power to all four wheels all the time and adjusts the torque distribution in 
response to acceleration, cornering and road conditions. 
In addition to optimizing the 2.0-litre FB-series SUBARU 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 
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 response. Numerous enhancements 
that help to reduce noise include thicker floor sections, under-floor covers 
and additional sound insulation. 
Sophisticated Appearance 
In addition to 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 colour 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. 
The screen can be easily viewed from any seat. 
About Subaru Canada, Inc. 
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. 
of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and 
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 
85 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit or 
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid 

    --  First ever hybrid vehicle from Subaru is based on the XV
        Crosstrek crossover model, with added benefits of hybrid
        powertrain plus special chassis tuning for more agile handling.
    --  Roomy, versatile, fun-to-drive crossover that combines bold
        5-door design with an expanded-capability chassis, high fuel
        economy and everyday comfort.
    --  2.0-litre SUBARU BOXER engine optimized for efficiency.
    --  13.4 hp electric motor integrated into Lineartronic
        Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
    --  100v, 13.5kw nickel-metal hydride battery is located under a
        revised rear floor area.
    --  Brake regeneration system.
    --  Integrated starter/generator provides automatic start/stop
    --  Standard Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive functions
        the same as on gasoline-powered model.
    --  A generous 220 mm of ground clearance is the same as for the
        gas model and is higher than some dedicated SUVs, while
        providing a low step-in height.
    --  Preserves utility and versatility of gas model, giving up just
        19.8 L of total cargo area capacity to accommodate hybrid
    --  Colour 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.
    --  Standard heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and
        windshield wiper de-icer.
    --  Active Torque Split AWD: electronically managed continuously
        variable transfer clutch actively manages the power split based
        on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. System
        always powers all four wheels and will transfer power to the
        wheels with the best grip.
    --  Ring-shaped reinforcement frame body structure provides
        outstanding occupant protection; engineered to provide optimal
        performance in the latest crash test regimen. Standard safety
        features include 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions,
        front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, front,
        front-side and curtain SRS air bags, driver's knee air bag,
        whiplash-protection front seats and rear-seat headrests for all
        three seating positions.
    --  Rollover sensor.

Basic Specifications

Body:                    5-door / 5-seat

Wheelbase:               2,635 mm

Length:                  4,450 mm

Cargo:                   609L/1,422 L(rear seats up/down)

Weight: (Premium)        1,560 kg

Engine:                  DOHC 4-cyl. 2.0-litre BOXER

Horsepower               148 @ 6,000 rpm

Torque                   145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

Electric motor:          13.4 hp / 48 lb.-ft.

Transmission             CVT

Projected mpg, city/hwy. 28/34 (US)

Key Standard Features
    --  24-hour roadside assistance for new-car limited warranty period
    --  17-inch alloy wheels with 225/55R17 tires
    --  3-spoke steering wheel with tilt/telescoping adjustable
        steering column and switches for Bluetooth, audio and cruise
    --  4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Brake Assist Brake Override and
        Brake Regeneration systems
    --  60/40-split fold-down rear seatback
    --  AM/FM stereo system with single-disc CD player, Bluetooth
        mobile phone connectivity and audio streaming, Radio Data
        Broadcast System (RDBS), iPod control capability, USB port, 3.5
        mm aux. input jack and 6 speakers
    --  12v power outlets in dash and centre console
    --  Air conditioning with air filtration
    --  Heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and windshield
        wiper de-icer
    --  Cargo tray (removable)
    --  Cargo cover (retractable)
    --  Cargo tie-down hooks
    --  Carpeted floor mats
    --  Centre console adjustable armrest
    --  Chrome interior door handles
    --  Cruise control
    --  Dark tint privacy glass
    --  Digital clock
    --  Dual visor vanity mirrors
    --  ECO gauge (fuel economy)
    --  Electric power steering
    --  Auto on/off headlights
    --  Height-adjustable driver's seat
    --  Incline start assist
    --  Colour multi-function display with energy flow display
    --  Outside temperature gauge with road surface freeze indicator
    --  Power door locks
    --  Power mirrors with integrated turn signals (body colour)
    --  Power windows / driver's one-touch auto up/ down and pinch
    --  Rear window wiper with washer
    --  Roof rails
    --  Security system with engine immobilizer
    --  Front and front-side air bags, side curtain air bags and
        driver's knee air bag
    --  Variable intermittent windshield wipers
    --  Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) with traction control system
        (TCS) and rollover sensor
    --  Automatic climate control system
    --  Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
    --  Chrome exterior door handles
    --  LED taillights
    --  Rear-seat centre armrest with dual cup holders
    --  Storage tray under the cargo floor
    --  Power sunroof

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid


|Vehicle type                 |5-door, 5-passenger crossover; body    |
|                             |with special aerodynamic enhancements, |
|                             |including active grille shutter system |
|Hybrid system                |4-cyl. BOXER engine and Lineartronic   |
|                             |continuously variable transmission     |
|                             |(CVT) with integrated electric motor;  |
|                             |integrated starter/generator for auto  |
|                             |start/stop function (has dedicated 12V |
|                             |battery); brake regeneration           |
|Electric motor               |13.4 hp, 48 lb.-ft.                    |
|Hybrid battery               |13.5kW, 100V nickel-metal-hydride      |
|                             |battery; drive motor inverter and DC/DC|
|                             |converter installed under rear cargo   |
|                             |area                                   |
|Gasoline engine              |4-cyl. horizontally opposed (BOXER),   |
|                             |alloy cylinder block and cylinder heads|
|Displacement                 |1,995 cc / 122 cu. in.                 |
|Bore x stroke                |3.31 in. x 3.54 in.                    |
|Compression ratio            |10.8:1                                 |
|Horsepower                   |148 hp @ 6,000 rpm                     |
|Torque                       |145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm                |
|Fuel system                  |Sequential multi-port fuel injection,  |
|                             |electronic throttle control            |
|Valvetrain                   |Double overhead chain-driven camshafts |
|                             |(DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder, Dual    |
|                             |Active Valve Control System (DAVCS)    |
|                             |controls valve timing on intake and    |
|                             |exhaust camshafts; tumble generator    |
|                             |valves                                 |
|Ignition                     |Direct type with platinum-tipped       |
|                             |sparkplugs                             |
|Transmission                 |Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable|
|                             |transmission) with integrated 13.4-hp  |
|                             |electric motor and mechanical/electric |
|                             |dual drive transmission pump           |
|Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive  |Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive    |
|                             |with electronically managed            |
|                             |continuously variable hydraulic        |
|                             |transfer clutch                        |
|Stability/traction control   |Vehicle Dynamics Control with          |
|                             |all-wheel, all-speed traction control  |
|                             |(TCS) and rollover sensor              |
|Chassis                      |Unitized body construction, ring-shaped|
|                             |reinforcement frame safety structure   |
|Suspension                   |4-wheel independent, raised, with      |
|                             |special sport tuning exclusive to this |
|                             |model                                  |
|Front                        |MacPherson-type struts, lower L-arms,  |
|                             |coil springs, stabilizer bar, hydraulic|
|                             |engine mounts                          |
|Rear                         |Double wishbone, coil springs,         |
|                             |stabilizer bar, sub-frame support      |
|Brakes                       |Power-assisted 4-wheel disc with       |
|                             |Electronic Brake-force Distribution    |
|                             |(EBD) and 4-channel / 4-sensor ABS with|
|                             |Brake Assist and Brake Override safety |
|                             |systems                                |
|                             |295 mm ventilated front discs and 274  |
|                             |mm solid rear discs                    |
|                             |Brake regeneration integrated into     |
|                             |hybrid system                          |
|Steering                     |Rack-and-pinion with electric power    |
|                             |assist                                 |
|                             |Ratio: 14.0:1                          |
|                             |Turns, lock-to-lock: 2.8               |
|                             |Turning circle: 10.6 m                 |
|Wheels                       |17 x 7 aluminum alloy, aerodynamic     |
|                             |design                                 |
|Tires                        |225/55R17 all-season                   |
|Exterior Dimensions          |                                       |
|Wheelbase                    |2635 mm                                |
|Length                       |4450 mm                                |
|Width                        |1780 mm  (2,002 mm inc. mirrors)       |
|Height                       |1615 mm with roof rails                |
|Ground clearance             |220 mm at front crossmember            |
|Angle of approach            |18.0 deg.                              |
|Angle of departure           |27.7 deg.                              |
|Ramp breakover angle         |20.2 deg.                              |
|Track (front/rear)           |1525 mm / 1525 mm                      |
|Curb weight                  |1,560 kg                               |
|Interior Dimensions          |                                       |
|Headroom (f/r)               |1,010 mm / 957 mm                      |
|Legroom (f/r)                |1,105 mm / 900 mm                      |
|Hip room (f/r)               |1,326 mm / 1,348 mm                    |
|Shoulder room (f/r)          |1,412 mm / 1,377 mm                    |
|EPA interior volume          |2763 L                                 |
|Trunk liftover height        |714 mm                                 |
|Cargo area height            |724 mm                                 |
|Cargo volume                 |Rear seats up/down: 609 L / 1422 L     |
|Fuel economy                 |                                       |
|EPA city / highway / combined|28 / 34 / 31 MPG (US)                  |
|Fuel tank capacity           |52 L                                   |

Joe Felstein or Julie Lychak (905) 

Amyot Bachand Media Relations, Quebec Region (514) 691-9276

SOURCE: Subaru Canada Inc.

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