Subaru to introduce two e-Boxer hybrids at Geneva

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Subaru

will be bringing two electrified “e-Boxer” models to the

Geneva Motor Show

next month,

as Autocar reports

. While the manufacturer hasn’t announced which models these electrified cars will be, it is likely that at least one of them will be

the e-Boxer version of the Forester

, which Subaru showed at the 2019

Tokyo Auto Salon

.

Another possible model for the Geneva unveiling can be the

Crosstrek’s hybrid version

, branded XV for the European market. The hybrid

Crosstrek

is Subaru’s first PHEV model, and it

uses Toyota’s

8.8-kWh battery pack mated to a 2.0-liter boxer engine.

Subaru is relatively late to the

hybrid

game, as some competing Japanese carmakers have had

hybrid cars

on the market for a long time already, and only in recent years has Subaru put hybrid models for sale outside Japan. But by being able to mate electric power with its trademark boxer engine powertrain, Subaru can remain “on-brand” while still utilizing hybrid technology, instead of going with a regular four cylinder inline engine as is popular with hybrid powertrains.

Still, the Japanese market

Forester

STI e-Boxer only produces a combined 156 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, figures that seem modest compared to a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, for example. But with Subaru’s diesel exercise just a decade-long, select-market enterprise, and with

diesel

on the outs these days, hybrid seems a better bet, especially in the North American market.

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