Those in the United States waiting to get their hands on a brand new 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be happy to know the automaker has finally priced the vehicle ahead of its release any time now. Starting at nearly $26,000, the vehicle is based upon the “successful XV Crosstrek crossover model and retains its all-terrain capability while providing better fuel efficiency and improved driving dynamics.”
All XV Crosstrek Hybrids are equipped with 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine, according to Subaru. These are tied to a 13.4 hp/48 lb. –ft. electric drive motor that’s integrated into the vehicle’s Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. Though there was no mention of fuel economy, as we’ve previously reported estimates put the car at around 28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. This makes it slightly better than the 25/33 the EPA has the 2013 gas version at.
In further keeping with features carried over from the gas only model, this hybrid makes use of a system which sends torque to the four wheels all the time and adjusts the torque distribution in response to acceleration, cornering and road conditions. It also keeps the 8.7-inch ground clearance and 4-wheel independent suspension, while adding a special chassis tuning for “more agile handling.”
Subaru has integrated into this model a number of touches it feels consumers will want out of a hybrid. These include a “high-grade color multi-function display” which “can show the hybrid system’s energy flow according to driving conditions. Using switching screens, the display combines driving operation information with entertainment content, including the standard rear vision camera.” Joining this are other items like rear light clusters and stop lamps that use energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) technology; a navigation system sporting a a 6.1-inch touch screen LCD display and making use of a range of technology options; keyless access and start; automatic climate control system; and an upgraded instrument cluster.