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2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek Spied Testing with Possible Plug-in Variant


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The 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek is in its very early stages of testing with the Japanese automaker using a current model as a mule.

Expected to arrive in showrooms in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the next-generation Subaru XV Crosstrek will be tied closely to the new Subaru Impreza, due next year as a 2017 model. Both vehicles will be built on an all-new modular architecture known as the Subaru Global Platform.

Although it’s hard to tell, the mule is slightly longer and wider than the current existing XV Crosstrek, hinting that the new model will be larger than the current one. A new grille and front end can also be seen with design language that mimics the redesigned WRX.

More interesting is that the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek mule was spied testing along with a Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in hybrid, suggesting that the Japanese automaker may be working on a plug-in hybrid variant. Sources say that Toyota is supplying Subaru with the plug-in hybrid technology for the new XV Crosstrek, extending the relationship between the two companies that resulted in the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars.

Those not interested in an electrified version of the Subaru XV Crosstrek can look forward to new four-cylinder Boxer engine under the hood.
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Good to hear we just purchased a plugin hybrid Ford Fusion. The priority for the plugin was for the HOV lane access. That and the GOV and state tax credits on the plugin and full electrics makes it fairly pointless to buy a basic hybrid which no longer qualify for those types of kick backs etc.

A new engine with more zip would be a BIG DEAL! That is the largest complaint about the Impreza today is just lacking power.

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@subiesailor, why don't they make it available with the 2.5?

Exact emulation may not be advisable.
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@subiesailor, why don't they make it available with the 2.5?
The new engine might be the 2.5 but hard to say till they actually share that info. Who knows what they are putting in it.
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I wish they had made it optional for the fourth gen Impreza. My mom is getting one anyway, we're putting up with 148 horsepower, but we would have gladly padi $1000 or even $1500 extra and accepted the fuel economy penalty for a 2.5. It has occured to me that Subaru might not offer it that way because of CAFE regulations.

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