Subaru has made quite a name for itself as automaker that caters to the outdoorsy, green-leaning set. Now it's stepping up to the plate for those customers – some might say "finally" stepping up – with its first-ever hybrid vehicle.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid will make its official debut next week at the New York Auto Show. And although there are no details about it just yet, we do have one, typically muddy, picture of the literally and figuratively green car to show.

The XV Crosstrek Hybrid will use a Subaru-developed hybrid system paired to the automaker's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. On the opposite end of the green scale, Subaru will also be showing off an "all-new performance concept car," which we can only hope is our first look at the next-generation WRX, or better still the WRX STI. Here's hoping.
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SUBARU TO INTRODUCE FIRST-EVER PRODUCTION HYBRID MODEL AND NEW PERFORMANCE CONCEPT CAR AT 2013 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

Cherry Hill, NJ March 20, 2013– Subaru of America, Inc. today announced the brand's first-ever production hybrid vehicle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, will debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Based on the popular XV Crosstrek crossover, the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid model uses a Subaru engineered Hybrid system and Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

In addition to the new XV Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru will also reveal an all-new performance concept car.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.


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      Jesse
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does everyone always say these cars are slow? I don't get it. Sure, they aren't rocket ships but they aren't lethargic death traps either. They accelerate the same, if not better, than everything else in their class which is exactly what they are supposed to do. You factor in the fact that they will out handle, are safer, and in some cases, get better gas mileage than their competition clearly show why these cars are such a winner. Subaru builds the WRX, STI, and BRZ to be sports cars and they do that very well. The Impreza and XV are fun to drive, fuel efficient, reliable, all wheel drive capable economy cars. Nothing wrong with that.
        L1011
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse
        I drove a Crosstrek (USA model) and I was very disappointed. It IS slow. As others have said, you really have to rev it to get any acceleration from it. I was really, really, REALLY looking forward to buying a CrossTrek until I drove it. As I mentioned earlier, it's too bad Subaru refuses to ship the diesel Crosstrek to the US. I ended up buying a Golf TDI for the diesel motor. It would have been great to have AWD and diesel in a car.
        n.bob2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse
        With a manual, where you can control the power band, the crosstek is just fine. But it feels terribly and weak with an automatic.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesse
        Like L1011 said, they truly are slow. SLOWWW. Especially with the CVT. 3100 lbs and 150 hp is awful. 0-60 in 9 seconds is awful. I don't want it to be a monster. But I want it to at least be able to get out of its own way, which even a 20 hp bump would REALLY help with.
          Jesse
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          No one ever said it wouldn't be nice to have a little more power. Even I agree that a little more power would help the car along. But, they are still capable of getting you around safely and comfortably all day without an issue. I've driven both the XV and Impreza several times and I still find the power adequate for sensible everyday driving. If you're the type with a heavy foot however, and must always be the first off the line, well then this may not be your first pick. I'd recommend the new Forester XT or WRX/STI in that case. Honestly, after hearing the power numbers I was expecting the car to be considerably slower than it actually is. I was actually impressed at how quick it was considering the power and weight it was working with. I'd say the car not being able to get out of it's own way is a bit of a stretch. You may not win many drag races with this car but you'll win a lot of everything else.
          Ross
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          9 seconds in all reality is not slow for a SUV with the base engine with the automatic. No, it's not fast, but it's not dangerous either like many claim. Just for reference, my DD goes 0-60 in about the low 5's, so I'm not speaking out of my ass here. Cars that start getting in the 11's and 12's are dangerous. If you can't merge with a car that goes 0-60 in 9 seconds, you can't drive. Sure it isn't as easy as having a bunch more power, but it isn't hard.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @domingorobusto
          I don't really see it as a CUV though. It occupies an odd niche. It's definitely more C-segment hatchback than the other small CUVs like the X1, Escape, CRV, things like that, being a little smaller and slightly more to the car end of the spectrum. But it's definitely more to the truck side of the spectrum from the hatches. So as compared to the hatches it is very slow, but compared to the very base models of things like the Escape or CRV it's not so bad. My view on it is definitely colored by considering it a raised hatchback, not a small CUV, where it's competitors are all basically running 0-60 in 7.5 seconds or less.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want a WRX Crosstrek. I test drove a Crosstrek while helping my mom shop for a new car, and was very impressed with the chassis. It's very fun, and was surprisingly capable in the little bit of soft-roading the salesman let me try with it. But my god it's slow. It simply does not have enough power. You have to twist it's tail off to get ANY kind of moderate acceleration. But just give it a turbo engine in the 220-250 hp range and it would be an incredibly fun little beast.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Performance Concept"? They need to release the PRODUCTION WRX and STI models soon, not a concept version of those cars. If next week they are showing concept versions of those two models, then when the heck is the next-gen car actually hitting dealer lots? Subaru said that the new car would be released this year some time.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best looking Subaru?
      JUN10R
      • 1 Year Ago
      With normal Crosstek at 25/33, I would guess upper 30s, maybe 40+ for the hybrid MPG? Not sure there is a real competitor in that bracket (AWD + hybrid in that MPG range?) Would be the heck outta the Prius V imho... I have to admit diesel Crosstek would be cool but hybrid with regular gas vs Premium/Diesel prices and mid to upper 20s on price would be a decent option.
      magus47
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already have a diesel that gets 80 mpg, but we can't get it here. Wonder why. Hybrids are the way of the future and what we have now is gonna go the way of the dodo bird. But honest folks, do you really think the oil companies are going to let them get away with this? When the average automobile gets 100 mpg the oil companies will JUST HAVE TO CHARGE $10+ PER GALLION. You can't beat the oil barons. If you could build a completly solar powered car the oil companies will figure out a way to charge you by sunbeam.
      end3651
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not of the "outdoorsey, green-leaning set." I buy Subarus for their automotive excellence, rather than to make a statement.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can\'t wait to see the new WRX. There should be at least a 100lb weight loss migrating to this current body.
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally is right..
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Subaru just release the next WRX already!! And keep the formula that made is successful in the first place. Make it light, powerful, inexpensive, and no frills. Driver focused! And you DO NOT need to put it on a unique platform. That will only drive the cost up. The current Impreza is the first attractive one with a well laid out interior in ages. And it is light weight. Just use that and give us our WRX already. Just dont forget to add the Rally bits, like large FOG lights (ala 2002 model), a hood scoop, and bulging wheel wells. And if you are feeling extra nice, bring the proper wagon version back too. - signed, former WRX owner
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        Why would anyone give you a thumbs down for saying this? People - downvote comments that are stupid or trolling or spam. This is an entirely legitimate request.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @imag
          Voting is just a way to slap the guy you don't agree with..... Try talking about anything if you are not "liked" here. You'll see negatives.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure Subaru will have engineered self ejecting gaskets for the hybrid system, the same way they do for their engines. LOL.
      Lagwolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully a smaller WRX that isn't a bloated pig like the current one.
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