S ubaru discovers the hybrid drive for himself. At the turn of the year, the Japanese all-wheel drive specialist is bringing its first E-Boxer models to Germany: Both the Forester and the XV receive a 12.3 kW /16.7 PS and a maximum of 66 Newton-meter electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, which is in Combination with the well-known 150 hp and a maximum of 194 Newton meters strong two-liter boxer gasoline engine results in a mild hybrid drive. With the Forester, the hybrid will from now on be the only drive variant available; the XV retains the 114 hp 1.6-liter boxer as an entry-level version without electrical assistance.
The electric motor works on its own within a narrow framework
The interaction between the motor and battery works The same in both models: the electric motor supports the combustion engine when starting and accelerating, but can also take over propulsion up to 1.6 kilometers and up to a speed of 40 km /h on its own. If things progress a little faster, the engines work together until the gasoline engine takes over the drive work alone at high speed. Brake energy can be fed back into the battery via recuperation. The coordination works automatically and is shown to the driver on a display on the dashboard. The system also regulates the change between the three driving modes independently.
The Subaru engineers place the electric motor in the housing of the lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission, which is characteristic of the brand - and thus close to the vehicle's center of gravity. The battery and other components are located in the Forester under the trunk floor and in the XV above the rear axle. It grows with the ForesterTrunk volume nevertheless slightly by four to 509 liters, while it shrinks from 385 to 340 liters in the XV. The symmetrical all-wheel drive typical of Subaru is still used unchanged in both models.
The prices have already been fixed
The new drive layout affects both the performance and fuel consumption out. For the Forester, Subaru calls a zero-to-one hundred value of 11.8 seconds - exactly the level of the conventionally powered predecessor. The newcomer's top speed of 188 km /h is four km /h lower. The corresponding data for the XV: 10.7 seconds and 193 km /h; the predecessor managed 10.4 or 194 km /h. The standard fuel consumption and CO2 emissions converted by WLTP to NEDC are 6.7 liters and 154 g /km (Forester) and 6.5 liters and 150 g /km (XV), respectively. Both cars are classified according to the Euro 6d-ISC-FCM emissions standard.
Both models are based on Subarus Global Platform. This has been the case for a long time with the XV of the second generation; accordingly, not much has changed with this model apart from the new drive. It's a little different with the Forester: The current generation has only been available in Europe for a few months. It is now longer and wider, but also flatter than before and is therefore a bit slimmer. As with the XV, it also has the current infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as the latest expansion stage of the Eyesight driver assistance package on board.
Although the E-Boxer variants of the Forester and XV will only be available at the turn of the year Trade come, Subaru is already communicating the prices. The Forester 2.0ie can now be ordered at prices from 34,990 euros, the XV 2.0ie costs at least 30,690 euros.