Subaru joins hybrid clan
TOKYO, Japan – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, has unveiled a Japanese specification prototype of its first hybrid model, the XV Hybrid, at the technical presentation event held in Japan on Thursday, April 18.
Making its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in March, Subaru's first hybrid vehicle offers the brand's distinctive driving experience and the company’s unique Symmetrical all-wheel-drive layout in the form of the XV.
The hybrid system includes a motor and a high voltage battery along with the AWD system. Heavier components such as the battery is housed under the boot area, thus ensuring a low centre of gravity and the overall front rear weight balance to stay exactly the same as the petrol version.
Thanks to the motor assist function, smoother acceleration and enhanced fuel economy have been achieved. The hybrid vehicle will hit the Japanese market later in 2013.
Based on the Lineartronic (CVT), the transmission was developed exclusively for the hybrid model with the motor installed behind the primary pulley, while the two-litre DOHC horizontally-opposed four-cylinder petrol engine was partially modified with reduced engine friction.
The hybrid system offers EV (Electric Vehicle) driving at low speeds and motor assist driving at medium speeds to improve the fuel economy.