Subaru has trekked into New York with its new XV Crosstrek Hybrid, marking the company's first foray into hybrid production models.
Combining a 10kW electric motor with the XV’s 2.0 litre boxer petrol engine, CVT auto and Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, Subaru claims the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is the "most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive crossover in America."
The Crosstrek Hybrid's 13.5 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery system is located beneath the rear cargo floor. Subaru is yet to specify exact fuel figures, but a ten percent improvement is expected over current petrol-only models.
Below, there's a useful 221mm ground clearance with a retuned suspension to deal with the hybrid system’s extra 136kg.
Visually, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid differs from the standard XV with unique alloy wheels and clear-look LED taillights.
On the inside, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid gets extra sound insulation, revised HVAC and a new gauge cluster among other detail changes.
"We at Subaru were not the first to market with a hybrid, but we sure made sure we did it right," Subaru US boss Tom Doll said.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be a US-only model for now, and future Subaru hybrid models are set to use a version of the Viziv Geneva concept’s diesel-electric "independent rear motor-driven All-Wheel-Drive" hybrid system.
Subaru Australia's David Rowley has confirmed with TMR that the XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a left-hand-drive product developed specifically for the US market.
There are currently no plans for an Australian launch.