There is a possibility that Subaru will be launching the E-Boxer hybrid edition of the 5th gen Subaru Forrester. The plan is to launch the midsize fuel efficient mini-SUV in the last part of 2019. The Japanese government conducted a JC08 test cycle and it resulted in an impressive fuel consumption of 1 litre per 18.6 kilometres.
Subaru Forester E-Boxer 2019 is supercharged by an FB20 2.0 naturally aspirated, direct injected, flat four petrol engine resulting to 145 HP (horsepower) at 6000 RPM (revolutions per minute) and 188AM of torsion at 4000 rpm. The motor supplies slightly fewer output in comparison to the latest XV (156 PS/196 Am) but it is increased by a 13.6 PS/65 Am electric motor placed within the version CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The CVT or otherwise known as a single transmission, incessantly adjusts the gear ratio automatically, with no loss of momentum. Adaptive Control automatically shifts to the best gear ratio depending on the conditions and your driving style. CVT allows the engine to run at the ideal speed, increasing power and sensitivity, therefore, reducing the use of fuel.
The 5th-gen Subaru Forester looks almost the same as the existing model.
The machine draws its power from a lithium-ion battery strategically positioned below the cargo floor, which is recharged under braking. To fit the battery, the Forester e-Boxer is designed to have a smaller cargo space of 509 litres compared to the non-hybrid variants’ 520 litres. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system will remain the same.
With regards to activity, the e-Boxer system is confident of moving on electric power only at low speeds for a restricted distance like when starting the vehicle and setting off. At medium speeds, the engine and electric motor will work together which will result to better efficiency, if the vehicle is running at high speed, only the engine will do work to keep the car running and continuously charge the battery.
Meanwhile, the Subaru Forester e-Boxer 2019 isn’t the company’s pioneer hybrid model. There was a previous model called the XV Hybrid that used a version of the FB20 without direct injection and a nickel-metal hydride battery.
Subaru Forester E-Boxer 2019 is not the pioneer in hybrid models.
The latest Forester and XV both sit on the Subaru Global Platform, which has been created accommodate the conventional, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. The Japanese car manufacturer will launch a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by this year, with the XV set to receive a Toyota hybrid system as part of the two companies’ technical partnership.
Enrollment of interest for the new Forester has already begun in Australia, still more details such as the overall specifications and market pricing have yet to be revealed. The mid-size SUV is expected to make its way to Malaysia as well, but no specific target date has been set for that.. Would you like to see the e-Boxer Hybrid model be offered here in the Philippines?
Subaru Forester E-Boxer 2019 walkaround video
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