Subaru goes hybrid with e-Forester

Subaru recently announced the latest addition to its Forester range, the e-Boxer.

As the name suggests, the Forester now includes an electric motor in the mix.

The e-Boxer combines a 2.0 direct injection horizontally opposed petrol engine with an electric motor.  A lithium-ion battery unit is mounted within the boot floor and allows for pure-electric driving at speeds of up to 25mph.  Paired with an updated Lineartronic transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive, Forester e-BOXER achieves smooth, linear, acceleration and highly responsive torque.  Power-split adjusts according to the driving condition and alternates between 3 driving modes: EV driving, Motor Assist driving and Engine driving.

At low speeds, Forester e-Boxer is powered by the electric motor alone for quiet, zero emission driving. It can drive in full electric mode for distances of about a mile and reach speeds of up to 40km/h. This is normally experienced in urban conditions with stop-and-go traffic where a 10% improvement in fuel economy can be seen compared to the 2.0-litre petrol model.

The e-Boxer has not been confirmed for SA.