ALTHOUGH the weight of hybrid technology in a car usually has a slight negative effect on a its performance and handling, Subaru says that this model will - like all its other cars - embody an “enjoyment and peace of mind” driving experience. Along with XV’s already sublime drivability, symmetrical all-wheel-drive and versatile utility, the Japanese manufacturer’s integrated original hybrid system furthers its sporty, fun-to-dive character and kindness to the environment.
The electric motor produces maximum outputs of 10kW and 65Nm of torque. Its motor-assist function delivers the increased torque, responsive power and environmental friendliness. This increased torque translates to smooth and responsive acceleration together with best-in-class fuel economy.
Subaru has managed to keep the weight balance of the XV Hybrid the same as that of the petrol version. This was achieved by installing the high-voltage battery under the cargo space in order to maintain the same centre of gravity as the petrol version.
The chassis performance, though, has been refined exclusively for the hybrid model, which produces a sporty yet stable drive.
The XV Hybrid’s transmission is based on the Lineartronic CVT ‘box of the petrol-powered model, but with an exclusively designed motor for the hybrid version that is integrated inside the transmission and installed behind the primary pulley.
The petrol engine powering the XV Hybrid is Subaru’s 2.0-litre DOHC horizontally opposed four-cylinder Boxer motor, which has been partially modified for this hybrid model.
The Subaru XV Hybrid can run on battery power alone at low speeds and its motor-assist function can be employed at medium speeds. A few changes in its design were also introduced, which include a multi-function display that shows the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions.
The Subaru XV Hybrid will be introduced to the US market by late spring, but plans for South African introduction are yet to be confirmed.