The new Subaru XV and Forester e-BOXER Hybrids
The new Subaru XV and Forester e-BOXER Hybrids

Subaru Ireland has released details of the new Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester e-BOXER hybrids, which will arrive in Ireland before the end of 2019.

Both cars will use a 2.0-litre petrol-electric powertrain.  From standstill, or at low speed, the electric motor alone powers the vehicle. 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 2.0-litre direct-injection BOXER engine powers the vehicle while recharging the battery.

The new generation of the Subaru Forester is the most technologically advanced Subaru yet, equipped with a host of new Advanced Safety technologies including EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Driver Monitoring System and Reverse Automatic Braking.

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. There are 220 millimeters of ground clearance and wide approach and departure angles for off-road driving. The X-Mode is now available with dual functions, suited for a variety of weather and road conditions and the new Forester has a towing capacity of 1870kg.

The new Subaru Forester is priced at €44,495 for the SE model and comes with LED Headlights, Keyless access, electrically adjustable driver seat, Driver monitoring system, EyeSight and X-Mode 2. The SE Premium edition is priced at €48,195 and includes 18” alloys, Sunroof, Leather seats, Satellite Navigation, Power tailgate, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.

The new Subaru XV Crossover is built on the all-new Subaru Global Platform and 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. The Subaru XV Crossover e-BOXER comes as standard with a suite of driver-assist and safety features, such as EyeSight driver assist and Rear Vehicle Detection. It has 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 off road.

The Subaru XV Crossover is priced at €38,495 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 €41,495 the SE Premium version offers upgrades such as a Sunroof, Satellite Navigation and Driver seat electrical adjustments.

This e-BOXER announcement follows news that Toyota and Subaru will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform as early as next year, marking the next stage of the Subaru electrification strategy. The two companies will apply Subaru’s all-wheel drive and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies to jointly develop a C-segment SUV.

Order books are now open for both models with first vehicles set to arrive in Ireland this November.