Subaru is introducing its mild hybrid technology to European customers at the Geneva Motor Show with the new Forester eBoxer, which takes the place of the axed diesel variant of the previous generation.
Subaru’s eBoxer mild hybrid technology pairs the company’s 2.0-liter flat-four petrol engine with a small electric motor mounted in the transmission, a reengineered version of Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT unit. The petrol engine produces 148hp (150PS) and 143lb-ft (194Nm), with the electric motor adding an extra 16hp and 48lb-ft (65Nm) of torque.
Features like the permanent four-wheel drive system remain unchanged. The new mild hybrid Subaru Forester can be driven under electric power alone very briefly and at low speeds.
The battery pack is mounted on the rear axle, giving the Forester eBoxer a lower center of gravity and better weight distribution than its petrol counterpart. Subaru hasn’t announced yet any official fuel economy figures, including CO2 emissions.
The new fifth-generation Forester is slightly and wider than its predecessor, offering bigger interior space and a more practical boot. The interior is made by better-quality materials and also claims to be quieter too.
The new mild hybrid eBoxer powertrain is also going to be offered in the XV (or Crosstrek, depending where you live). Subaru will launch the new Forester eBoxer alongside the XV eBoxer in Europe by the fall of this year.