2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is brand's first-ever production hybrid vehicle which was just unveiled at the New York International Auto Show. The new model is based on the popular XV Crosstrek Crossover and will arrive in Subaru dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2013. The vehicle aims to be the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.

XV Crosstrek Hybrid benefits of a hybrid powertrain that contributes to higher fuel efficiency. Other key components here are the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and chassis. For instnace, the 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than for some dedicated SUVs, while providing a low step-in height.

In fact, Subaru re-engineered the chassis in order to compensate the additional weight of the battery system, and has improved the handling, steering and ride. Furthermore, there is added extra sound insulation, a start/stop feature, revised HVAC, new gauge cluster and keyless start.

To be more precise, this hybrid model combines a 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine with a 13.4-hp electric motor which is integrated into the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). A 100v, 13.5kw nickel-metal hydride battery is positioned under the rear floor area. The unit utilizaes and integrated starter/generator for the automatic start/stop feature.

The weight of this hybrid system is circa 209 lbs. and places the electric motor just behind the transmission and in front of continuously variable transfer clutch. The same system uses the electric motor for initial vehicle acceleration and afterwards it starts the gasoline engine. Of course, the electric motor can also help in terms of acceleration, while working in parallel with the gasoline engine. It also operates in low-speed situations.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid builds upon the utility and versatility of the gas model. However it offers improved handling responses and quieter driving performance. The Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD sends power to the four wheels all the time and adjusts the torque distribution in response to acceleration, cornering and road conditions.

Some of the efficiency technologies included here are the Auto Start/Stop system that shuts down the gasoline engine when the vehicle is stopped; the brake regeneration – that operates when the car is coasting or the driver has applied the brake.

Moreover, the Active Grille Shutter system reduces air resistance. Several improvements that reduce noise include thicker floor sections, under-floor covers and additional sound insulation.

To signify its uniqueness, the model carries "HYBRID" badges at the front edges of the front doors and on the tailgate. In addition, the Plasma Green Pearl exterior color links to vehicle's environmental character.

When one is inside the crossover, one sees clean blue theme with silver trim that underlines the advanced hybrid engineering. The instrument cluster, exclusive to this model, utilizes gradations of the blue color scheme to provide a sense of depth.

What is more, here is also featured the Color Multi-Function Display that shows the hybrid system's energy flow. It utilizes switching screens, and it displays driving operation information with entertainment content.

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Source: Subaru