Subaru's First Hybrid
March 20th, 2013 10:58 AM Share
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.
Published March 20th, 2013 10:58 AM
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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?
Shhhhh... Listen. You can hear all the hippies and man-hating lesbians cheering! "Yob-mobiles" as Jeremy Clarkson describes them.
It will be interesting to see if it uses Toyota's hybrid synergy drive, (renamed of course)
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.