Full details of XV Crossover and all-new Forester e-BOXER hybrids
- e-BOXER hybrid technology marks the first stage of the Subaru electrification strategy
- Both models feature custom-built horizontally-opposed powertrains, combining electric motor-assist with BOXER technology and symmetrical all-wheel drive
- The all-new Forester e-BOXER features a new platform, facial recognition technology and reverse automatic braking
- XV Crossover is priced from €39,995 and the Forester from €45,545 for SE models inclusive of grants
Subaru Ireland have today released details of their new e-BOXER hybrid models which are set to arrive in Ireland this November. The Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester are the first two models to feature the e-BOXER, Subaru's new-generation power unit system which combines electric motor assist with two of Subaru's core technologies: BOXER engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive. The Subaru e-BOXER features a customised lineartronic transmission that integrates an electric motor, powered by a high performance Lithium-ion battery, DC/DC Converter and Electric Motor Inverter.
Since its first launch in 1997, the Forester has been a popular choice among customers, establishing its trust as safe and reliable package. The fifth-generation model commemorates Subaru's heritage and trust in a whole new offer. Built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), the all-new Forester offers new dynamic values that result in superior handling and stability, improved hazard avoidance performance, more responsive steering, exceptionally low vibrations and driving comfort. The new model preserves the distinctive combination of symmetrical all-wheel drive with the newly adopted e-BOXER powertrain. It incorporates a direct-injection 2.0litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, featuring 80% new components, paired with an electric motor within the customized lineartronic transmission achieving a smoother, 30% more linear, responsive acceleration and a highly responsive torque.
The Subaru e-BOXER system adjusts the power-split ratio between the dedicated 2.0litre direct-injection engine and the electric motor to match the driving condition, offering 3 driving modes: Engine driving, EV driving, and Motor Assist driving. From standstill, or at low speed, the electric motor alone powers the vehicle, for a quiet and zero-emission driving. Depending on the vehicle and battery condition, it can drive on EV-Mode for distances ranging up to about 1.6km, and reach speeds up to 40km/h. At medium speeds, power from both the motor and the engine combine to give a responsive, linear and fuel-efficient acceleration, while at high-speed the 2.0litre direct-injection BOXER engine powers the vehicle while recharging the battery. The e-BOXER offers improved fuel consumption in urban, stop-and-go traffic, where depending on driver's driving style, fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 11% compared to the outgoing 2.0litre petrol version. The electric motor assist and the battery pack are aligned longitudinally. The heavy motor is placed near the vehicle's center of gravity, while the battery and other components are arranged above the rear axle providing an even lower center of gravity and a better balance of front/rear vehicle weight distribution. Adding more flexibility for driving conditions, is a standard driver-selectable SI-DRIVE, a powertrain performance management system that allows the driver to tailor the vehicle's throttle characteristics by choosing between "Intelligent" and "Sport" modes. Safer than ever, the new Forester is the most technological advanced Subaru yet, equipped with a host of new Advanced Safety technologies. It is available as standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, and adds to its increased safety package, the Driver Monitoring System, a new facial recognition technology that alerts the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences. Additionally, the new model introduces the Reverse Automatic Braking, to help avoid collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.
From the outside, the exterior has shoulder lines that follow around the pillars to emphasize height and strength while the prominent wheel arches emphasize the all-wheel drive system's functionality. The new Forester features a spacious passenger cabin and a versatile cargo compartment thanks to the compact battery that minimizes spatial impact. The width is increased by 20mm over the previous model providing more front seat comfort. The wheelbase was stretched 30 mm, as a result, the distance between the front and the rear seat passenger was extended by 33mm for improved rear seat comfort. With 220 millimeters of ground clearance, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles, the new Forester is well suited for off-road adventures. The X-Mode is now available with dual functions, suited for a variety of weather and road conditions. Keeping its rugged character, the all-new Forester towing capacity is 1870kg.
XV Crossover e-BOXER
Since its launch in 2012, the Subaru XV Crossover has become a popular choice among many customers, making it the most sold Subaru in Europe last year. The XV Crossover is a key model that embodies the brand's safe, fun and tough core pillars. The Subaru XV Crossover is built on the all-new Subaru Global Platform to achieve world-class collision safety and superior hazard avoidance, as well as increased advances in driver-responsive handling and ride comfort. The Subaru Global Platform brings significant enhancement to the body and chassis rigidity and impact energy absorption is improved by 40% over present models.
Just like the Forester, the XV Crossover is powered by a direct-injection 2.0-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine and paired with an electric motor within the customized lineartronic transmission. With safety as a top priority, the Subaru XV Crossover e-BOXER comes standard with a suite of driver-assist and safety features, such as EyeSight driver assist and Rear Vehicle Detection. Its tough character combines a compact body with 220mm ground clearance, underpinned by Subaru's original Symmetrical AWD System, Active Torque Vectoring, and an improved X-Mode system for true SUV capabilities.
The all-new Forester e-BOXER is priced at €45,545 for the XE model and is generously equipped with LED Headlights, Keyless access, electrically adjustable driver seat, Driver monitoring system, EyeSight, X-Mode 2 and a towing capacity up to 1,800kg all as standard. The XE Premium edition is priced at €49,245 and includes 18" alloys, Sunroof, Leather seats, Satellite Navigation, Power tailgate, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel. The Subaru XV Crossover e-BOXER is priced at €39,995 for the SE model which includes LED headlights, 17" alloys, electrically adjustable and heated driver seat, EyeSight, Keyless access and Dual zone air-conditioning. For €42,995 the SE Premium version offers upgrades such as a Sunroof, Satellite Navigation and Driver seat electrical adjustments.
Safe, Capable, Reliable
The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER has registered outstanding scores in all four assessment areas (Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users, Safety Assist), well above the minimum threshold required and with a noticeable high overall average. Additionally. Forester e-BOXER also achieved the highest score ever in its class in the Child Occupant Protection test with the best score ever for Subaru in the Adult Occupant Protection.
In addition, the Subaru XV has been reconfirmed with the maximum five star rating with the e-BOXER version in 2019, following 2017 Euro NCAP safety test.
Forester e-BOXER is available now with XV Crossover e-BOXER coming soon.