Ever wanted an all-wheel drive companion that is also environmentally-friendly? Subaru plans on doing just that after announcing that they will be launching their first-ever plug-in hybrid (PHEV) soon. To be called the XV Hybrid (also named as Crosstrek Hybrid in some markets), it combines the capability to go off the beaten path while also saving on fuel.
It is set to be launched in the US market near the end of 2018 and will be powered by Subaru's familiar direct-injection Boxer engine with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. What's different, however, is the unique plug-in hybrid technology which will come from Toyota. Yes, you read that right, the all-new XV Hybrid will utilize the Toyota Hybrid System.
Exact details regarding the hybrid's powertrain and output figures remain a mystery. But given that it will benefit from an electric motor, expect the XV Hybrid to produce slightly more horsepower and torque than standard. Currently, the updated 2.0-liter Boxer engine produces 156 PS at 6000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.
Also, the hybrid version will come with an all-new transmission. We're not exactly sure as to what it will be, but our best guess is that it will be a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) geared specifically for hybrid use. To top it all off, Subaru mentioned that the XV Hybrid will come with its own unique styling in order to make itself stand out from the standard range.
However, this is not Subaru's first venture into making an AWD hybrid. Bearing the same name is the previous XV Hybrid (pictured above) that is based off the older-generation model. Unlike the all-new version which will be a plug-in hybrid, the previous model is a conventional hybrid. This means it has no charging port and only gets its power from the onboard hybrid system.
There is no word yet if the all-new Subaru XV Hybrid will be offered elsewhere besides the US.