Subaru's First Hybrid

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
subaru s first hybrid

The favorite brand of neophyte rally hooligans and alternative lifestyle practitioners everywhere is finally going hybrid. Subaru’s first hybrid product will take the form of this mucus green XV Crosstrek shown here. Unfortunately, no details have been announced, and we’ll have to wait until next week’s New York Auto Show to find out more.

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  • Domestic Hearse Domestic Hearse on Mar 20, 2013

    Wonder if it'll still have a boxer ICE paired with the electric motor? And if it'll be unique in that it powers all four wheels via Subaru's symmetrical AWD system?

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    • Nicholas Weaver Nicholas Weaver on Mar 20, 2013

      @Tinker Find someone with 17" on an Impreza who would rather have the black rims and swap.

  • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Mar 20, 2013

    Shhhhh... Listen. You can hear all the hippies and man-hating lesbians cheering! "Yob-mobiles" as Jeremy Clarkson describes them.

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    • Advance_92 Advance_92 on Mar 21, 2013

      @spreadsheet monkey Who would buy new when you can buy a decent looking used one for £1,500? Not to mention all the mechanical differences and terrible outward visibility that came along in 2008. Or 2006 if you want to get into the engine.

  • Ttacgreg Ttacgreg on Mar 20, 2013

    It will be interesting to see if it uses Toyota's hybrid synergy drive, (renamed of course)

  • Turkina Turkina on Mar 21, 2013

    Blasphemy! Okay, now that I have that out of the way... I am very curious to see how Subaru implements its hybrid system and preserves full time AWD. Of course, we don't know the details of this, but if I was a purist, I would think Honda's IMA system would make sense, with the electric assist directly supplementing engine output. Not sure how Prius-y bits would affect the packaging and low center of gravity. I do wish Subaru would put Start-Stop into all of its North American cars, as it does for Australia. Not that I would want to hear my Subie start up again at every traffic light.