Unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show last March, Subaru has now announced pricing for its new 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Offering a host of unique features and promising to be "the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America," the automaker's first-ever gas-electric offering will roll into showrooms later this fall with a base sticker of $26,820. That figure places it $4,000 above the current entry-level XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium with a manual transmission and $3,000 more than the same vehicle equipped with a CVT automatic. The range-topping 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Touring model will start at $30,120, also about $3,000 beyond a comparably equipped Crosstrek 2.0i Limited.

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This new Subaru is fitted with the same 148-horsepower/2.0-liter flat-4 engine from the conventional XV Crosstrek but has a 13.4-horspower electric motor/generator integrated into its Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and also features mileage-enhancing start/stop circuitry. Final pieces in the puzzle are a 13.5kW nickel-metal hydride battery pack with a 0.6kWh capacity and a drive-motor inverter, both positioned under the rear cargo floor. Developed by Subaru, this compact hybrid setup adds about 300 pounds to the vehicle's curb weight and reduces passenger volume by less than one cubic foot and total cargo space by less than two. It allows the XV Crosstrek Hybrid to start up and travel for modest distances at low speeds and light acceleration on pure electric power but also can provide short-term assist for the gasoline engine under heavy acceleration. 

Like the conventional XV Crosstrek, the Hybrid model features Subaru's Symmetrical All-wheel Drive system and has 8.7 inches of ground clearance. The steering and suspension were revamped, both to compensate for its additional curb weight and to endow the Crosstrek Hybrid with even more sporting character. Efficiency boosting changes include regenerative braking, an Active Grille Shutter system, LED rear lighting units, aero-optimized alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling-resistance tires and a revised climate control package that reduces power draw on the engine. 

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Both the standard XV Crosstrek Hybrid and the Touring variant feature an eco-blue interior motif and have a unique instrument cluster as well as a central 4.3-inch color multifunction screen that displays various hybrid-specific information. To better isolate the cabin, this newest member of the Subaru family also has thicker floor panels and under-floor fairings as well as additional strategically positioned sound attenuation materials. The primo Touring complements these basic enhancements with leather upholstery, a navigation system and a power moonroof. 

Final EPA numbers on the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid have not been released. However, the automaker's original forecast anticipated 28/34 mpg city/highway marks compared to the 25/33 stats of the conventional XV Crosstrek with a CVT transmission.

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