Subaru is an auto manufacturer that is part of Fuji Heavy Industries, a transportation company based in Japan. Subaru’s passenger cars are known for being equipped with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment, although the Subaru BRZ sports coupe broke that tradition when it was introduced in 2012, thanks to its development process, which was a collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation. A lot of Subaru vehicles are offered with turbocharged engines as an option. Subaru vehicles are available in a variety of global markets, and the brand tends to have a loyal fan base, especially in the northern climate areas of North America, where all-wheel-drive passenger cars are particularly desirable. Subaru established Subaru of America in 1968 to manage operations for that region, and it is currently based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Many of Subaru’s vehicles destined for North American distribution are produced at the Subaru of Indiana manufacturing facility in Lafayette.
Most of Subaru’s passenger cars are traditionally powered by gasoline, but some Subaru hybrid initiatives are in the works. The Subaru Hybrid Tourer concept is one such project that features a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain. It’s an attention-getting four-seater car, thanks in part to its gull-wing doors. The Hybrid Tourer concept is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine paired to two axle-mounted electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. The Subaru Hybrid Tourer puts power to the ground through a continuously variable transmission. If waiting around for a concept that may or may not be produced isn’t feasible, Subaru has also introduced the Crosstrek Hybrid for the 2014 model year. The Crosstrek Hybrid is a gasoline-electric version of Subaru’s Crosstrek crossover wagon, and, like most Subaru wagons and crossovers before it, the Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a boxer engine and boasts a capable and reliable all-wheel-drive system. The combined output of the gas engine and electric motor is 160 horsepower. Subaru claims the hybrid drivetrain makes the Crosstrek Hybrid the most fuel efficient and the lowest emission all-wheel-drive hybrid crossover sold in the United States. Aside from this Subaru hybrid’s accomplishments of engineering, the Crosstrek Hybrid has a list of features designed to make it competitive in the crossover category. The Crosstrek Hybrid rides on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, boasting almost nine inches of ground clearance to appeal to customers who might want to go off road. Although a Subaru hybrid vehicle came a little late, the Crosstrek Hybrid is a good indication of the brand’s capabilities.