Subaru's first-ever hybrid vehicle is now available to the public, but only in the carmaker's home market of Japan.
According to Subaru, the XV Hybrid's electric motor assists the partially modified 2.0-liter gasoline engine, enhancing the vehicle's already impressive fuel economy and making it accelerate even smoother. Despite the electric motor being located behind the engine's primary pulley and the addition of its high-voltage battery, the XV Hybrid still has a low center of gravity and "superior weight balance."
Besides the partially modified engine, the XV Hybrid also has an exclusively developed transmission that's based on the standard CVT. In addition, Subaru's unique symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive system can distribute torque to all four wheels even if the XV Hybrid is in EV mode at low speeds.
To keep the driver updated on the XV Hybrid's performance, a multifunction display shows the hybrid system's energy flow based on the driving condition, such as its engine and motor operation and battery recharging by brake regeneration.
Making the XV Hybrid stand out visually against the standard XV is its exclusive "Plasma Green Pearl" exterior color that "spotlights the vehicle's environmental character."
Provided Subaru makes a left-hand-drive version--and if the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentive Act is passed into law--do you think local Subaru distributor Motor Image Pilipinas should bring the XV Hybrid here?