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New York Auto Show: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

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By William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

March 28, 2013

Subaru's first production hybrid vehicle made its debut at the New York Auto Show today. The XV Crosstrek Hybrid follows in the footsteps of the XV Crosstrek that was shown last year at New York.

Subaru's hybrid system is made up of a the regular XV Crosstrek's 2.0L four-cylinder 148 horsepower engine and a 13.4 horsepower electric motor mated to a 13.5-kilowatt nickel-metal-hydride battery. Power is funneled through Subaru's Linetronic CVT to all four wheels. Sadly, fuel economy hasn't gone up by much. Subaru estimates that the XV Crosstrek Hybrid will get 28 City/34 Highway. The normal XV Crosstrek when equipped with the CVT gets 25 City/33 Highway.

Other mechanical changes for the XV Crosstrek Hybrid include a stop/start system, active grille shutter system, and a a revised air-conditioning system that uses a temperature and humidity sensor to help reduce draw on the engine.

Outside, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid gets a set specific wheels, unique Plasma Green Pearl paint color, and a set hybrid badges that differentiate the Hybrid from the normal XV Crosstrek. Inside, Subaru gets more sound dreading, a new gauge cluster, keyless start, and cool blue color scheme accented with silver trim. Cargo space is slightly smaller than the XV Crosstrek (50.2 cubic feet for the Hybrid vs. 51.9 cubic feet for the Crosstrek).

The 2014 XV Crosstrek arrives at your local Subaru dealer at the end of this year.

Source: Subaru

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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For some reason this auto just underwhelms me. It just leaves me blah and forgettable just like the annoying Prius's that go 10 below the speed limit in the far left lane.

This I can see selling to the tree huggers, but otherwise will be forgotten about.

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The CrossTrek is a good little car for the target market. It gives Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix owners something to move up into without feeling out of place.

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I can see your point as it does fit that mode well, but then the Vibe/Matrix at least seems to stick in my mind more. Not sure why this just seems blah.

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Subaru customers would have been much better served with a diesel version instead of a stupid hybrid.

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Subaru customers would have been much better served with a diesel version instead of a stupid hybrid.

Agreed, a Diesel version or even a CNG version would have really set things on fire. I think either one would have been well received.

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