With rising gas prices, what’s happening with Subaru’s hybrid technology? New report says Japanese automaker is working on upgrades and more Fuel-efficient hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology coming soon. Subaru only offers the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid to its American customers, but why not the Forester, Outback and Ascent SUVs?
One of Forester’s main flaws is that it is competitive in the competitive segment of compact SUVs with the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson. These models offer a more fuel-efficient hybrid option, unlike the Forester. The 2022 Subaru Forester, Outback and Ascent currently only offer gasoline-only Boxer engines and no hybrid trim levels for US customers.
When Conduct asked Subaru Australia boss Blair Read that Subaru Corporation’s Forester and Crosstrek e-Boxer technology (also sold in Japan and Europe) was inferior to the competition, He said: “For us, eBoxer Hybrid was a preliminary stage to the technology. We’ve had “I would say, reasonable success. “We’ve seen good adoption from existing customers who have moved (to hybrid models), and this has been the first transition to a hybrid for them.”
Blair says Subaru Corporation is aware that it needs to improve its hybrid technology and make it more fuel efficient. “Would we like to see this technology become more fuel efficient and deliver better performance and efficiency to customers? Absolutely. It’s in the pipeline and something we’re working towards.
Subaru Corporation has announced plans for a new electric vehicle factory
Subaru CEO Tomomi Nakamura announced in May that it would add a dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant in Japan by 2027. Subaru said it would invest $2.05 billion in new hybrid and electric vehicles over the next five years.
Read says: “There are plans to increase (the number of hybrid cars produced) and also improvements to the product itself. We are working with Subaru Corporation on this, and we see a good opportunity to develop the hybrid offer and provide advancements. in this technology for customers.”
Customers can expect the next generation of Forester, Outback and Ascent hybrid SUVs over the next three years. By 2025, Subaru will begin introducing its next-generation hybrid models based on gasoline-electric powertrains supplied by Toyota, similar to the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. Stay tuned.
“You’ll see the evolution of these vehicles as we move into future model years, as well as improvements in offering and gains in technology as it develops,” Read said.
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Denis Flierl has invested more than 30 years in the automotive industry in an advisory role with all major automotive brands. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check Subaru report where it covers all models of the Japanese manufacturer. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.
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