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Subaru Forester, XV eBoxer hybrids arriving in early 2020

Subaru's Forester and XV SUVs will be the brand's first hybrid vehicles, with both set to get mild-hybrid powertrain options in Q1, 2020.

The vehicles were initially tipped to arrive toward the end of 2019, but their arrival has been pushed back slightly, with "early 2020" now the window.

The Forester especially is designed to do battle the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, with the Japanese giant blown away in Australia by the "unprecedented" demand for hybrid tech.

Subaru's eBoxer mild-hybrid powertrain, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, will appear first in the Forester, before featuring in the XV soon after. 

Both vehicles will share the same powertrain; a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, paired with a transmission-mounted electric motor. 

The four-cylinder engine produces 110kW and 188Nmm, while the electric motor adds 10kWand 65Nm, thanks to its 13.5kWh lithium ion battery pack.

You still get all-wheel drive, and a CVT automatic, but Subaru says its X-Mode off-road functions are "enhanced" by the added oomph from take off. Better still, Subaru is expecting significant fuel economy improvements.

"As an electrified power unit, it achieves not only improved fuel economy, but also brings enjoyment in a variety of scenes, from city driving to rough road driving, through responsive throttle and linear acceleration thanks to the power assist from an electric motor," says Subaru. 

While pricing and specification details are yet to be confirmed for Australia, it is understood the mild-hybrid options will sit in the mid-range of the model lineup, as opposed to being the most expensive vehicles.

With the current four-model Forester family spanning $33,840 to $41,940, that would put the eBoxer models between $35k and $40k. The XV range spans $28,490 and $35,780, with the mild-hybrid model expected to land in the middle of those numbers.

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