Subaru of America, Inc. has announced pricing on the carmaker’s first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be arriving in dealerships in late 2013.
This first Subaru Hybrid is based on the XV Crosstrek crossover model and the company said it retains its all-terrain capability while providing better fuel efficiency and improved driving dynamics.
Subaru’s first hybrid will be starting at USD$25,995 while a Touring model will be starting at USD$29,295.
”The XV Crosstrek model has been an instant hit since going on sale in September 2012, selling approximately 45,000 units in its first year and showing there is a strong market for a compact CUV that provides strong looks, safety, AWD capability and good fuel economy.” said Thomas J. Doll, president, and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “The XV Crosstrek Hybrid will now combine those proven Subaru attributes with hybrid technology and will appeal still further to ecologically-minded consumers. The sales success of the 2014 XV Crosstrek, mirrors the growth of the Subaru brand overall, which is on track to achieve its fifth-consecutive year of sales increases and top 400,000 vehicle sales in the US market in 2013.”
Available in a standard trim and top-of-the-line Touring, the XV hybrid includes a 13.4 horsepower, 48 pound-foot of torque electric drive motor integrated into the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.
Subaru said the hybrid model uses the same Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as in the gasoline model, preserving the all-weather performance that Subaru customers expect. The hybrid also retains the 8.7-inch ground clearance and 4-wheel independent suspension of other XV Crosstrek models and adds special chassis tuning for more agile handling.
The cargo area is outfitted as standard with a removable cover as well as removable waterproof cargo tray, tie-down hooks and grocery bag hooks.
The 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid serves as the top model in this series and is said to feature numerous exclusive design features. The rear light clusters and the stop lamps use energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The color multi-function display is exclusive to the XV Crosstrek Hybrid and is featured on both models. The 4.3-in. LCD screen can show the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions. Using switching screens, the display combines driving operation information with entertainment content, including the standard rear vision camera.
Subaru revealed the navigation system in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring uses a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display and voice control, iTunes tagging, SMS text messaging capability, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and SiriusXM NavTraffic. The navigation system also features Aha Infotainment smartphone integration featuring radio stations, newsfeeds and audiobooks.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid includes all the standard equipment from the XV Crosstrek Premium model and adds keyless access and start, automatic climate control system, upgraded instrument cluster, high-grade multi-function display, body-color foldable side mirrors with integral turn signals, leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver stitching, chrome exterior door handles and more.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring, starting at $29,295, model adds a touch-screen navigation system, leather-trimmed seating and a power moonroof.
Subaru has not yet revealed official fuel consumption figures for its XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but has revealed its own “manufacturer’s estimates”, which are 29 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined. As a baseline, the 2.o liter-powered XV Crosstreck with CVT is rated by the EPA at 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined.