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Subaru confirms new hybrid models

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4:23pm

Subaru unveiled the first electrified Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester e-Boxer during the Geneva International Motor Show.

The Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester are the first two models to feature the e-Boxer, Subaru's new-generation power unit system which combines motor assist with two of Subaru's core technologies: Boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD.

The Subaru e-Boxer features a customised Lineartronic transmission that integrates an electric motor, powered by a high-performance lithium ion battery, DC/DC converter and electric motor inverter.

Since its first launch in 1997, the Forester has been a popular choice among customers. The fifth-generation model commemorates Subaru’s heritage in a whole new offer.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), the all-new Forester offers new dynamic values that result in superior handling and stability, improved hazard avoidance performance, more responsive steering, exceptionally low vibrations and driving comfort.

The new model preserves the distinctive combination of symmetrical all wheel drive with the newly adopted e-Boxer powertrain. It incorporates a direct-injection 2.0 litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, featuring 80 per cent new components, paired with an electric motor within the customized Lineartronic transmission, achieving a smoother, 30 per cent more linear, responsive acceleration and a highly responsive torque.

The Subaru e-Boxer system adjusts the power-split ratio between the dedicated 2.0 litre direct-injection engine and the electric motor to match the driving condition, offering three driving modes: engine driving, EV driving, and motor assist driving.

From standstill, or at low speed, the electric motor alone powers the vehicle, for a quiet and zero-emission driving. Depending on the vehicle and battery condition, it can drive on EV-mode for distances ranging up to about 1.6km, and reach speeds up to 40km/h.

At medium speeds, power from both the motor and the engine combine to give a responsive, linear and fuel-efficient acceleration, while at high-speed the 2.0L DI Boxer powers the vehicle while recharging the battery.

The e-Boxer offers improved fuel consumption in urban, stop-and-go traffic, where depending on driver’s driving style, fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 11 per cent compared to the outgoing 2.0L petrol version.

The electric motor assist and the battery pack are aligned longitudinally. The heavy motor is placed near the vehicle's center of gravity, while the battery and other components are arranged above the rear axle, realizing even lower centre of gravity and a better balance front/rear vehicle weight distribution.

Adding more flexibility for driving conditions, is a standard driver-selectable SI-Drive, a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle’s throttle characteristics by choosing between Intelligent and Sport modes.

Safer than ever, the new Forester is the most technological advanced Subaru in the current European line-up, equipped with new advanced safety technologies. It is available as standard with EyeSight driver assist technology, and adds to its increased safety package, the driver monitoring system, a new facial recognition technology that alerts the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences.

Additionally, the new model introduces the reverse automatic braking, to help avoiding collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.

The roomiest, most capable Forester to date, the new model features a high-quality interior, spacious passenger cabin and a versatile cargo compartment, where the compact battery minimises impact on cabin and cargo space.

The all-new Forester overall width is increased by 20mm to provide more front seat comfort. The wheelbase was stretched 30mm, as a result, the distance between the front and the rear seat passenger was extended by 33mm for improved rear seat comfort.

With 220 millimetres of ground clearance, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles and the ramp break over angle, the new Forester is well suited for off-road adventures. The X-Mode is now available with dual functions, suited for a variety of weather and road conditions. Keeping its rugged character, the all-new Forester towing capacity is 1,870kg.

The new model debuts a more rugged style based on the Dynamic x Solid design philosophy.

The exterior has shoulder lines that follow around the pillars to emphasise height and strength. Prominent wheel arches emphasise the symmetrical all-wheel drive system’s functionality.

The smaller XV gets the same 2.0 litre eBoxer hybrid and also borrows the same 200mm ground clearance from the Forester, so should be equally rugged when venturing off-road.

Sales of both these new hybrid models will start later this year.

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