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Subaru Hybrid comes to Canada

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will arrive at Canadian dealerships in November

Published: October 15, 2013, 10:45 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:55 PM

2014 Subaru XV Crosstek Hybrid

Subaru's first hybrid for North America, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid, will arrive at Canadian dealerships by the end of November, according to Subaru Canada.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid made its public debut earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show.

With a starting price of $29,995, it is said to be more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly than the conventional model as well as providing more performance and comfort.

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Based on the XV Crosstrek crossover introduced for the 2013 model year, the Hybrid shares the gasoline model's 148-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine and symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive system.

Integrated into that system is Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with an attached a 13.5-horsepower electric motor to create the Subaru Hybrid Drive system. A full-hybrid system, it can operate on battery power alone for short distances.

The result, according to the company, is both enhanced engine response and fuel economy.

Its estimated city fuel-consumption ratings of 6.9 L/100 km makes it Subaru's most fuel-efficient vehicle, in part because of its new automatic stop/startsystem, which shuts off the engine when the vehicle is at rest with the brake pedal activated. The engine restarts when the brake pedal is released.

The Hybrid also features a re-engineered chassis and suspension that are said to improve steering, handling and ride characteristics.

Like all Subaru XV Crosstreks, it has an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) rating and it is said to be the lowest-emissions All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossover in North America.

Distinctive exterior features include silver raised-profile roof rails and lightweight, aerodynamic aluminum alloy wheels. Push-button start is unique to this trim level and comfort and convenience features include keyless entry, automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power sunroof and steering wheel-integrated Bluetooth and audio controls.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is built in a zero-landfill plant in Gunma, Japan.

Subaru and Toyota are now collaborating on a new hybrid SUV to be introduced by 2017.