The Subaru XV 2019 range is set to see the inclusion of a new petrol-electric hybrid model, and it is set for inclusion in the brand's Australian model range by the end of 2020.
The new XV e-boxer unveiled in Japan overnight teams the exisiting 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer horizontally-opposed petrol engine and CVT automatic transmission with a small electric motor.
The electric motor produces 10kW and 65Nm, which Subaru claims helps with smooth acceleration at low speeds.
Being a hybrid model there is some advantage in terms of fuel consumption: Subaru claims the XV e-boxer will use 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres, which is an improvement of more than 25 per cent on the regular XV, which claims usage of 7.0L/100km.
In Japan this drivetrain will be exclusive to the Advance flagship variant, which will also gain new items such as LED headlights and fog lights, some silver exterior trim additions, plus a larger TFT colour display in front of the driver.
Subaru Australia has confirmed to CarsGuide that it expects to have two hybrids in market “by the end of 2020” and they will be Forester and XV.
At the international launch of the new-generation Subaru Forester a few months ago in Japan, Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie said, “With emissions in the spotlight and the lack of diesel appetite in Australia and other markets like Europe, we see the future for passenger cars and SUVs to be hybrid and EV.”
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