Subaru Unveils 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid
Subaru unveiled the new 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show. The Crosstrek hybrid will be the first alternative fuel vehicle debuted by Subaru, a company specializing in all-wheel drive vehicles focused on appealing to the outdoorsy, camping set.
The Crosstrek is a modified version of Subaru’s popular Impreza. The hybrid model will reportedly offer modestly improved gas mileage over the standard model. The hybrid will be equipped with stop-start technology which will shut down the engine at red lights. The electric engine will start the car before the gas engine kicks in once the car gets moving. The Crosstrek hybrid will feature a 2-liter engine with 148 horsepower and all-wheel drive. The hybrid version will weigh about 300 pounds more than the gas version.
The hybrid version will reportedly get 34 mpg on the highway, which is only one mpg better than the gas-powered Crosstrek. Subaru has managed to take hybrid technology off-road, but the benefits are limited as mpg improvements are minimal. The technology advancement should lead to additional Subaru models offered as hybrids, which increasing improvements in fuel efficiency. Subaru has not announced pricing for the 2014 Crosstrek hybrid but the car should be available at dealerships this fall.
Subaru also debuted a new high-powered WRX concept car in New York. The WRX concept featured a turbo-charged engine and air cooler, but is sleeker and wider than the original version. The Impreza WRX is currently offered in five models starting with the base model (MSRP $25,795) and going up to the WRZ STI Limited (MSRP $37,645).
If you are interested in learning more about new offerings from Subaru contact the sales team at Tindol Subaru near Charlotte to have all of your questions addressed.