All good Subarus always seem to start somewhere else, like the Subaru Boxer Diesel that has a cult following in the US. Subaru continues this trend with the all new Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid, announced this week in Japan.
What can we figure out from this announcement? First, we can assume it will be based around the XV Crosstrek Hybrid that has helped Subaru achieve their best April ever in the United States. The 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter Boxer engine with a Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor pushing out 160 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque with 27/36 mpg city/highway. In my review of the Crosstrek Hybrid, I found it to be a good start for Subaru in the hybrid market, but left me asking for more power and more fuel efficiency for the increased price. Will we see the same issue with the Japan-only Impreza Sport Hybrid?
Some new things we can see with these photos are a clear lens on the taillights, a somewhat different grille, and more chiseled sideskirts. Inside we see an automatic with Subaru’s CVT transmission and paddle shifters. Reportedly, the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid will get a new, lower-mounted nickel-metal hydride battery, that will increase handling and agility.
Safety-wise, we can see Subaru’s new-gen EyeSight version 3 system with speed tracking, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Will we see this awesome new Subaru hybrid in the States? Only time will tell. Maybe we can start a GoFundMe or Kickstarter. Wait, that’s a terrible idea.