Subaru to Add New Turbo and Hybrid Vehicles to its Lineup
Subaru will build several new vehicles in the next few years. The automaker said its goal is to increase fuel economy 30 percent across its lineup by 2015.
“New engines and revised transmissions will contribute to two-thirds of the increase, while lightweight body and chassis technology will provide the rest,” Car and Driver reports.
Subaru plans to introduce its first hybrid in 2013 as a 2014 model, Cars.com reports. Other upcoming vehicles include turbo versions of the Impreza WRX and STI, which will hit the market in 2012, and possibly a redesigned Forester, Cars.com says.
The turbo models will be variants of Subaru’s “latest-generation direct-injection four-cylinder boxer engine, including a 300-horsepower STI version,” Edmunds’ Inside Line says.
The 2012 Subaru Impreza will go on sale in the next few months. One other model that may hit the market is the XV crossover, which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, MSN Autos reports. Subaru has not said if or when the XV will hit the U.S. market, but Left Lane News says the XV will go on sale in Europe in January 2012.
Subaru also plans on making its vehicles lighter through the use of lightweight, high-strength steel, especially since its standard all-wheel drive system makes vehicle heavier. “In addition to shedding weight, Subaru hopes to cut fuel economy’s other mortal enemy: drag,” Car and Driver says.
If you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient Subaru but don’t have to buy now, wait for the automaker’s new vehicles to hit the market in the next few years.
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