Subaru to Debut XV Crosstrek Hybrid and New Performance Concept in New York [2013 New York Auto Show]
Subaru is set to make two major debuts at next week’s New York auto show: One we’re eagerly anticipating and one that granola nation likely is equally excited about. Our news first. The brand will debut a “performance concept car,” which we believe will preview the next-generation WRX, due later this year. Unfortunately, Subie wouldn’t reveal any further information on that front. As to what surely will have Portland in hysterics, Subaru’s first recipient of a hybridized powertrain will be the XV Crosstrek. The Japanese manufacturer didn’t provide further details, but it has left a trail of breadcrumbs for us to decipher what’s likely under the hood of the XV Crosstrek hybrid.
Some 18 months ago, Subaru confirmed future hybrid powertrains would center around the 2.0-liter offering of its FB family of engines. This 148-hp, 145–lb-ft boxer-four first debuted in the new-for-2012 Impreza—an example of which recently made it to the end of one of our grueling 40,000-mile long-term tests.
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Two of the brand’s recent hybrid concepts have featured drivetrains making use of multiple electric motors—one mounted up front to aid propulsion and to serve as a generator, and at least one electric motor out back to power the rear wheels. The Japanese marque’s Hybrid Tourer concept used a single electric motor to power the rears, while the Viziv concept that debuted at this month’s Geneva show used an electric motor to drive each wheel and provide toque vectoring. Considering this trend of development, we expect to see the XV Crosstrek hybrid’s rear wheels to be electrically powered.