When we often talk about a car being simply ‘electric’ on the road, it refers to the stunning performance it delivers. But the Subaru is redefining this with its latest addition to the SUV lineup that is not only set to turn heads on the road, but is also taking a grand turn towards a more green and eco-friendly design. The announcement of the 2014 Subaru Forester along with the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid is making big waves on both the auto and environment platforms; and for all the right reasons! So why not take a closer look at these two compact SUVs, that are all set to take over the roads in the coming months –
2014 Subaru Forester
Let us start off with the Forester so that you have an idea of what you are getting into when you are opting for the greener and cleaner Hybrid version of the five-seater crossover SUV. On the outside, the design of the Forester is pretty much what you would expect from a vehicle in the compact SUV class. It is sleek, uncomplicated and delivers what it promises. Under the hood, the Forester comes with an option of either a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged BOXER engine or a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder BOXER engine. While the former rolls out an impressive 250 hp, the latter also gives you a respectable 170 hp.
Giving you 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on a highway drive, the Forester is not a bad choice for those looking for an SUV option with reasonable mileage. Equipped with a Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, rear vision camera, Hill Descent Control and Subaru EyeSight, the higher trim versions of the Forester are loaded with plenty of goodies.
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
But we at Green Packs are all about cool gadgets and trendy cars that keep both you and the planet happy. Having taken a look at the all past reviews of this cool offroader lineup on Motoring, we are tempted to believe that the Hybrid does signify an important leap towards clean technology that will help Subaru in reaching out to a new audience base. Equipped with a 3.4-hp electric motor that accompanies the existing 2.0-liter Subaru BOXER engine that we saw in the Forester, the Hybrid improves both the mileage of the car and your carbon footprint credentials.
While large cars and SUVs have traditionally acquired a ‘bad rep’ from eco-conscious drivers, the options on offer are now far more eco-friendly than ever before. Coming with a 100.8V, 13.5kWh nickel-metal hydride battery, the Hybrid is all about maximizing your on-road experience, even while cutting back on fuel consumption. The interior is roomy and features a minimal dashboard that keeps things simple and uncomplicated. To top it all off, the Hybrid comes in cool green that probably is symbolic of the electric power inside!
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid fits right into this next-gen models that have an eye out for the well being of the planet too. Of course, its muscular and strappy exterior still brings along plenty of oomph and an appeal that you would expect in a vehicle designed for the adventurer at heart!