Japanese agency to showcase hybrid model of boxer engine because it gears up for electrified future
Subaru will launch two hybrid-engined fashions, powered by an electrified model of its boxer engine, at this yr’s Geneva motor present.
The 2 unspecified fashions, which shall be branded as e-boxer machines, would be the agency’s first electrified vehicles within the European market. Whereas Subaru has but to disclose which vehicles they are going to be fitted to, they're more likely to be machines within the present vary. It unveiled a Forester Advance Sport Idea, which previewed an STi-tuned model of the SUV with an e-boxer powertrain, on the Tokyo Auto Salon not too long ago.
Subaru’s Boxer longitudinally mounted flat 4 boxer engine options two rows of pistons mounted flat horizontally opposed to one another, giving the unit a decrease centre of gravity. Subaru makes use of the association as a result of it believes it improves dealing with, with the opposing pistons lowering engine vibration.
It isn't but identified which dimension of boxer engine Subaru will use for the e-boxer powertrain, or whether or not the system shall be a pure hybrid or a plug-in. The agency’s web site refers back to the powertrain as ‘hybrid, the Subaru approach.’
The agency has beforehand hinted future WRX STi may use a plug-in hybrid powertrain, as a result of more and more strict emissions laws would rule out using the two.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine in the newest mannequin.
Whereas Subaru has not beforehand bought a hybrid within the UK, it does have expertise of the powertrain. In 2013 it launched an XV Hybrid in Japan and the US. That machine mated a 2.Zero-litre boxer engine with 148bhp mated to a 14bhp electrical motor. The agency additionally launched a plug-in Crosstrek Hybrid within the US final yr.
Subsequent Subaru WRX STi set for hybrid revolution
Subaru XV Hybrid first drive (from 2013)