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Christopher Bruce2013-06-24 16:43:26

Subaru Introduces XV Hybrid to Japan

The model will role out to the rest of the world slowly

The XV Hybrid has just gone on sale in Japan and will be added to other markets soon

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in Japan, and it will go on sale in other markets soon. The XV is Subaru’s first step into the hybrid vehicle market.

The XV Hybrid uses a single 13.4hp electric motor with a 0.6kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack to provide better fuel economy and acceleration. The car still comes with a conventional all-wheel drive system as well.

The engine has been optimized for lower internal friction to improve fuel economy even further. It gets 5l/100km fuel economy (47mpg US). The only available transmission is a CVT.

The electric motor is installed between the engine and transmission, which means even if running on pure electric power, the car can still use its all-wheel drive. The battery pack is located under the cargo area and has no affect on weight distribution.

There is an added multi-function display on hybrid models that displays the battery’s charge and current use. The interior also gets two-tone silver and black Alcantara trim.

The Hybrid is the only XV model available in Plasma Green Pearl exterior paint.

Prices start at 2,499,000 yen, the equivalent of $25,500, but Subaru has not announced official pricing for the model outside of Japan yet.


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