Subaru adds a Hybrid version to its XV and Forester ranges

SUBARU MAKES FIRST HYBRID STEPS

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser) The launch of Subaru All-Wheel Drive hybrid Forester and XV variants brings even greater customer choice in the brand’s best-selling model ranges.

With Forester and XV ranked first and second for Subaru sales in Australia, the added variety in the brand’s Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) range is anticipated to grow the models’ audience even further.

There was no opportunity to drive the hybrid at the press release, that comes in a few weeks, so here are all the details. 

Subaru’s first steps in the hybrid arena form part of a long-term strategy that will produce a variety of next generation power plants and technologies in the coming years.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Colin Christie, said: “Forester and XV are long-established sales successes in our range and we know there is pent-up demand for hybrid variants among one of the most loyal customer bases in the industry.

“We’re already achieving significant fleet successes with our hybrid variants, in an area where our engineering, safety and whole-of-life costs make a compelling story.

“Now, with the formal launch into showrooms across Australia, we can see small but important opportunities to enter a growing space, in which Subaru will have an increasing presence in the not too distant future, with a variety of increasingly sophisticated and efficient hybrid – and later electric – vehicles.”

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

Subaru has already achieved over 500 Forester and XV hybrid sales with fleet customers.

The innovative SUVs feature identical petrol-electric engines that add a new dimension and choice to Subaru’s range.

XV Hybrid offers over 14% improvement in fuel efficiency over equivalent petrol variants in the urban cycle and over 7% improvement in the combined cycle, while Forester offers improvement of over 19% in the urban cycle and over 9% in the combined cycle* (compared to 2.5-litre petrol variants).

*Fuel consumption figures based on testing in accordance with ADR81/02. ADR based fuel consumption figures are for comparative purposes only and may not reflect real world results due to variables such as driving conditions and driving style.

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

Subaru Forester and XV Hybrid Pricing

Forester Hybrid AWD launches priced from $39,990 Manufacturer’s List Price* (MLP), while XV Hybrid AWD, with an exclusive new colour option – Lagoon Blue Pearl – is priced from $35,580 MLP.

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

One XV Hybrid AWD variant is available and two Foresters: Hybrid L AWD and Hybrid S AWD.

As with the entire Subaru new vehicle range, all hybrid variants have a five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

Subaru Forester and XV Hybrid Engine

Both hybrid models feature e-Boxer power – a 2.0 litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine linked via Motor Assist to a high voltage lithium ion battery, offering fuel economy benefits, particularly in congested city driving.

The four cylinder 2.0 litre engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6,000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4,000 rpm and features the efficient intake/exhaust Active Valve Control System (AVCS).

The electric motor produces 12.3 kW of power and 66 Nm of torque, and is self-charging, via kinetic energy captured by regenerative braking and coasting.

The direct injection petrol engine, Motor Assist and battery combination produce smooth, linear and responsive acceleration.

The e-Boxer logic adjusts the power split between petrol and electric to match driving conditions.

Subaru Hybrid Screens

It automatically changes between three modes:

  • Motor Assist EV driving
  • Motor Assist electric (EV) + petrol engine driving, and;
  • Petrol engine driving

From standstill or at low speed, the vehicle is powered by the electric motor only, for quiet, zero-emission driving.

Depending upon driving environment, vehicle and battery condition, it can operate in fully electric mode up to 40 km/h.

When driving in fully electric mode (both forward and reverse), the Pedestrian Alert system emits a sound, to alert people in close proximity. The system operates when the vehicle speed is 24 km/h or less.

At medium speeds, combined power from both the electric and petrol engine produce responsive, linear and more fuel efficient acceleration.

At high speed, the Boxer petrol engine exclusively powers the vehicle, while regenerative braking or coasting with foot off the accelerator, recharges the lithium ion battery.

Under certain driving conditions above 40 km/h, when decelerating or coasting and the battery is charging, the petrol engine can turn off, achieving fuel saving.

As soon as the accelerator is pressed, the engine will re-start.

Depending upon driving style, the e-Boxer hybrid system can offer improved fuel consumption particularly in urban, stop-go traffic.

It also eliminates the unnatural braking feel common to some electric-only vehicles.

2020 Subaru e-Boxer Hybrid Drivetrain

The e-Boxer hybrid system uses kinetic energy by converting it into electricity, delivered to the battery located in the sub cargo floor, together with the drive motor inverter and DC/DC converter. All are installed in a high-strength frame, with sound dampening and moisture-repelling qualities.

The electric motor assist and battery pack are aligned longitudinally, with the motor located near the vehicle’s centre of gravity, while the battery and other components are above the rear axle, also contributing to low centre of gravity and optimising front/rear weight distribution.

An unobtrusive cooling system draws air from the cabin to help maintain the battery at operating temperature and to help ensure better longevity.

In Forester Hybrid S AWD, driver selectable SI-Drive – Subaru’s powertrain performance management system – allows the driver to tailor throttle characteristics by choosing between “Intelligent” and “Sport” modes, for flexible, convenient and enjoyable driving.

Subaru’s smooth and efficient Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is mated to the e-Boxer system for ultra-smooth power delivery and torque.

Subaru X-Mode

Subaru Forester and XV Hybrid X-Mode

Motor Assist enhances X-Mode off-road capability, through better low speed torque control.

X-Mode makes it easier for drivers to safely navigate bad roads, slippery surfaces and steep hills, with just one switch. X-Mode’s status is indicated visually on the Multi-Function Display (MFD) screen.

When X-Mode is engaged, at 40 km/h or less, status information is displayed on the MFD and instrument cluster, including Hill Descent Control and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

X-Mode centralizes control of the engine, All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other critical components to help ensure safe driving even on poor surfaces.

Hill Descent Control helps maintain a constant speed when the vehicle is travelling down hill.

All Subaru hybrids purchased by private buyers for private use offer a five year unlimited kilometre warranty, plus an eight-year 160,000 km lithium ion battery warranty.

SUBARU HYBRID MANUFACTURER’S LIST PRICING*

XV Hybrid AWD         $35,580

Forester Hybrid L AWD $39,990

Forester Hybrid S AWD $45,990

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

XV HYBRID AWD MY20 – MODEL SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Active Torque Vectoring
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Child seat anchor points on back of rear seat; ISOFIX outer rear seats
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual side airbags
  • Dusk sensing auto-off headlights
  • EyeSight driver assist, featuring:
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Lead vehicle start alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane Keep Assist

2020 Subaru XV Hybrid

  • Front LED fog lights
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Front height adjustable seatbelt anchors
  • Pedestrian alert system
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Rear door child lock
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Rear view camera
  • Ring-shaped reinforced passenger cabin
  • Seatbelt indicator lights
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Three-point A/ELR rear seatbelt
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control
  • Vision Assist:
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane change assist
  • High beam assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • X-Mode

2020 Subaru XV Hybrid

INTERIOR

  • 5-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ compatible, digital radio (DAB+), six speaker audio, steering wheel controls
  • Automatic climate control air conditioning
  • Bottle holders in all doors + two cup holders in centre console & rear armrest
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks
  • Cargo security blind
  • Central locking – remote
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Energy flow display
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather finish steering wheel and gear shift
  • Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission with paddle shift
  • Map lights (2)
  • Power steering, folding mirrors and windows
  • Premium cloth trim – charcoal colour
  • Remote fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap
  • Seatback pocket (front passenger side)
  • Two remote central locking keys
  • Vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks (two)

2020 Subaru XV Hybrid

EXTERIOR

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (17x7J, with a 225/60R17 99H tyre)
  • Colour-coded mirrors and door handles
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear roof spoiler with LED brake light
  • Rear roof mounted shark fin radio antenna
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails – black

OTHER FEATURES     

  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Five-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • Eight-year/160,000 km warranty – Lithium-ion battery
  • 2.0 litre DOHC direct injection horizontally opposed e-Boxer engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6,000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4,000 rpm
  • 12-month/12,500 kilometres Capped Price Service schedule
  • Electric motor produces 12.3 kW and 66 Nm

2020 Subaru Adaptive Cruise Control

XV HYBRID AWD ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type

Cylinders

Displacement

Bore x stroke

Compression ratio

Cam-train system

Fuel system

Maximum power

Maximum torque

Emissions

 

Electric motor:

Power

Torque

 

 

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated

Four

1,995 cc

84 x 90

12.5:1

DOHC with dual AVCS

Direct Injection, Electronic Throttle Control

110 kW/6,000 rpm

196 Nm/4,000 rpm

EURO 6

 

Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor

12.3 kW

66 Nm

 

TRANSMISSION – LINEARTRONIC CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE

First 3.533 (Manual mode)
Second 1.892 (M mode)
Third 1.474 (M mode)
Fourth 1.228 (M mode)
Fifth 1.024 (M mode)
Sixth 0.852 (M mode)
Seventh 0.682 (M mode)
Reverse 3.689
Final reduction 3.700

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Overall length mm 4,465
Overall width mm 1,800
Overall height mm 1,595 (with roof rails)
Wheelbase mm 2,665
Track – front mm 1,550
Track – rear mm 1,555
Min. ground clearance mm 220
Kerb weight kg: 1,576
FUEL
Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined:

 

6.5

 

Carbondioxide (g/km) combined:

 

147

 

Fuel tank capacity 48 litres
Minimum fuel requirement: 91 RON

STEERING, BRAKES, TYRES & TOWING

Steering Electric power assistance rack and pinion
Turning circle (metres) 10.8
Turning radius 5.4
Suspension:

Front

 

Rear

 

MacPherson-type struts, lower L-arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Double wishbone, coil springs, stabilizer bar

Brakes (mm):

Front

Rear

 

Ventilated discs

Ventilated discs

Tyres: 225/60R17 99H

 

Rim:

 

17-inch alloy x7J

 

Towing capacity (kg):

 

 

 

 

Maximum towball download (kg):

 

 

With brakes:

1,270

Without brakes:

650

 

127

 

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

FORESTER HYBRID AWD MY20 – MODEL SPECIFICATIONS AT A GLANCE:

FORESTER HYBRID L AWD

SAFETY

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with four-wheel discs (ventilated), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Vectoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH)
  • Blind spot detection
  • Child seat anchor points
  • Curtain airbags – full length (front and rear)
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • EyeSight driver assist
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters; height adjustable anchors
  • Front LED fog lights with chrome-type surround
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • LED tail lights
  • Steering responsive auto-off headlights, dusk sensing, with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • Pedestrian Alert System
  • Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear door child locks
  • Rear view camera with washer
  • Safety pedals – shock absorbing brake pedal
  • Seatbelt indicator lights – all seats
  • Side intrusion bars
  • Sun visor extensions
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • Three-point A/ELR rear centre seatbelt
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • Vision Assist, including:
    • Front View Monitor (FVM)
    • Side View Monitor (SVM)
    • Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB)
    • Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB)
  • X-Mode

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

INTERIOR

  • 5-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay™ and Google Android Auto™ compatible, digital radio (DAB+), six speaker audio, steering wheel controls
  • Air ducts for rear passengers
  • Auto Stop Start
  • Blue highlight instrument cluster
  • Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition
  • Bottle holders in each door + two cup holders in centre console and rear armrest
  • Cargo area light
  • Cargo hooks (four)
  • Central locking – remote
  • Climate control air conditioning – dual zone with rear vents
  • Cruise control – steering wheel buttons
  • Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus – including:
    • Distraction warning
    • Doze/drowsiness warning
    • Air conditioning setting (last use)
    • MFD setting (last use)
    • MID setting (last use)
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Electro-luminescent gauges
  • Energy Flow Display
  • Front puddle lights
  • Heated front seats, 3-level adjustment
  • Height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Immobiliser security system
  • Leather finish steering wheel and gearshift
  • LED map lights (x2)
  • Overhead console
  • Multi-Function Display (MFD)
  • Power steering, mirrors and windows
  • Premium cloth trim – black
  • Privacy glass – rear doors, rear quarter, tailgate
  • Push-type fuel lid release – tethered fuel cap. Auto locks when vehicle locked or car in motion
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Rear seat recline
  • Seatback pockets (divided)
  • Security blind
  • Steering wheel audio, phone, EyeSight, MFD and MID controls
  • USB charge port – rear x 2
  • USB connection – front
  • Vanity mirrors – illuminated
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat
  • 12V/120W power jacks (three)

 

EXTERIOR

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Black rear garnish
  • Chrome coloured exterior door handles
  • Electronic, heated folding door mirrors – matte silver finish
  • Front, side and rear silver coloured cladding
  • Rear mud guards
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Silver highlights on roof rail tie down points
  • Wheel arch and side cladding

 

OTHER FEATURES     

  • Auto cargo door unlock on key
  • Automatic transmission lock-out – need foot on brake, key in ignition “on” position, to release lever
  • Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
  • Paddleshift Lineartronic™ Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) with seven-speed manual mode
  • Smart key and push button engine start
  • Speed limiter
  • Subaru Global Platform
  • Five-year unlimited kilometre warranty
  • 0 litre DOHC direct injection horizontally opposed e-Boxer engine produces 110 Kilowatts of power at 6,000 rpm and 196 Newtonmetres of torque at 4,000 rpm
  • 12-month/12,500 kilometres Capped Price Service schedule
  • Electric motor produces 12.3 kW and 66 Nm

 FORESTER HYBRID S AWD ADDS (to HYBRID L specification):

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

INTERIOR

  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Door and dash panel trim – upgraded
  • DMS additional features:
    • Auto driver’s seat adjustment
    • Auto door mirror adjustment
  • Electric folding rear seats – one touch
  • Electric sunroof
  • Factory-fitted satellite navigation powered by TomTom
  • Harman kardon® premium audio, with sub-woofer and amplifier
  • Leather look instrument panel finish
  • Leather trim
  • Perforated lower console surround with white stitching
  • Piano black rear cup holders with chrome highlights
  • SI-Drive – with steering wheel controls
  • USB connection x 2 – front
  • X-Mode – two-mode rotary dial with silver highlights
  • 0-inch infotainment display
  • 8-way power driver and front passenger seats with position memory

2020 Subaru Hybrid Forester S, Forester L and XV. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

EXTERIOR

  • Auto dipping passenger door mirror
  • Auto power folding door mirrors
  • Chrome-look window moulding
  • Powered cargo door – with auto switching control and smart lock
  • Tail pipe cover
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

FORESTER HYBRID AWD MY20 ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

 

Type

Cylinders

Displacement

Bore x stroke

Compression ratio

Cam-train system

Fuel system

 

Maximum power

Maximum torque

Emissions

 

Electric motor:

Power

Torque

 

 

Horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated

Four

1,995 cc

84 x 90

12.5:1

DOHC with dual AVCS

Direct Fuel Injection, Electronic Throttle Control

110 kW/6,000 rpm

196 Nm/4,000 rpm

EURO6

 

Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor

12.3 kW

66 Nm

 

TRANSMISSION RATIOS

  LINEARTRONIC CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE
D range 3.552-0.682
First 3.552
Second 1.892
Third 1.474
Fourth 1.228
Fifth 1.024
Sixth 0.852
Seventh 0.682
Reverse 3.689
Final reduction 3.900

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Overall length mm 4,625
Overall width mm 1,815 (2,065 including mirrors)
Overall height mm 1,730
Wheelbase mm 2,670
Tread – front mm 1,565
Tread – rear mm 1,570
Front overhang mm 965
Rear overhang mm 990
Approach angle degree 18.7
Departure angle degree 24.6
Break over angle degree 19.6
Min. ground clearance mm 220
Kerb weight (unladen mass) kg:

 

Hybrid L AWD

Hybrid S AWD

 

Gross vehicle mass (GVM) kg:

 

 

1,643

1,682

 

2,223

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Front shoulder room mm 1,478
Rear shoulder room mm 1,454
Hip room front mm 1,374
Hip room rear mm 1,361
Rear gate opening height mm 816
Rear opening width at floor mm 1,258
Cargo space height mm 884 (824 with sunroof)
Cargo floor width mm 1,585 (1,100 wheel housing)
Cargo floor length mm

(back seat down)

 

1,856

Cargo floor length mm

(back seat up)

 

908

Cargo volume Litres

(back seat down)

 

1,071

Cargo volume Litres

(back seat up)

 

509

Cargo volume to roof Litres

(back seat down)

 

1,779

FUEL
Fuel consumption (L/100km) combined: 6.7
Carbondioxide combined (g/km): 152
Fuel tank capacity 48
Recommended fuel specification: 91 to 98 RON

STEERING, BRAKES, TYRES & TOWING

Steering Electric power steering
Turning circle kerb-to-kerb – (metres) 10.8
Turning radius 5.4
Suspension:

Front

Rear

 

MacPherson strut-type

Double wishbone

Brakes:

Front

Rear

 

Front disc outer diameter mm:

Hybrid L AWD

Hybrid S AWD

 

Rear disc outer diameter mm

 

Front brake calliper (pot size & quantity)

 

Rear brake calliper (pot size & quantity)

 

Ventilated discs

Ventilated discs

 

 

316

316

 

285

 

42.8 x 2

 

40.0 x 1

Tyres:

Hybrid L AWD

 

Hybrid S AWD

 

 

Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport 225/60 R17 99V

Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport 225/55 R18 98V

Rim:

Hybrid L AWD

Hybrid S AWD

 

 

17-inch alloy 17 x 7J

18-inch alloy 18 x 7J

Towing capacity (kg):

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum towball download (kg):

 

With brakes:

1,200

Without brakes:

750

 

120

 

 

About Rob Fraser 945 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.

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