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New Subaru XV Hybrid 2020 pricing and specs detailed: Electric boost incoming for small SUV

The XV Hybrid can be easily identified thanks to its Lagoon Blue Pearl paintwork, which is an exclusive option.

Subaru Australia has announced its first petrol-electric XV small SUV will arrive in March next year, with the aptly named Hybrid to command a hefty $6340 premium over the petrol variant it is based upon, although buyers will be compensated with a longer list of standard equipment.

Available as a single variant priced from $35,580 plus on-road costs, the Hybrid features an e-Boxer powertrain that partners a 110kW/196Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a 12.3kW/66Nm electric motor.

Located under the boot floor alongside a drive motor inverter and a DC/DC converter, the Hybrid’s lithium-ion battery is self-charged via kinetic energy captured by regenerative braking and coasting.

Three drive modes are switched between while on the move: electric only (low speed), petrol and electric (mid-speed), and petrol only (high speed). The former is engaged at a standstill and when travelling at speeds up to 40km/h, depending on vehicle and battery condition.

While Subaru Australia hasn’t officially issued its fuel-consumption claims yet, it says the Hybrid performs more than seven and 14 per cent better on the combined and urban cycles respectively when compared to the XV’s 115kW/196Nm 2.0-litre atmo four-cylinder engine.

Based on the XV’s entry-level 2.0i petrol version, the Hybrid adds a pedestrian alert system (operation when vehicle speed is 24km/h or less), dusk-sensing headlights, front LED foglights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors with indicators, black roof rails, an energy flow display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector and premium charcoal cloth upholstery.

It also gains Subaru’s EyeSight suite of advanced driver-assist systems, including front and rear autonomous emergency braking, lane keep-assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and high-beam assist.

The Toyota C-HR-rivalling Hybrid also comes with an exclusive new paintwork option: Lagoon Blue Pearl.

As with other Subaru Australia models, the Hybrid comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre vehicle warranty, but it also scores an eight-year/160,000km battery warranty.