The new Subaru Forester, when launched last weekend, caused quite a bit of controversy due to its similar design to the Ford Explorer. However, that may not be the only controversial factor about the new SUV with new information revealed this week.
communicate with newspaper autonews As for the US, Jeff Walters – COO of Subaru America – confirmed that the hybrid version of the 2025 Subaru Forester will combine Toyota’s battery and electrochemical technology with Subaru’s boxer engine.
At the present time, the Subaru Forester 2025 has only one engine option: a 2.5L boxer version with 180 horsepower, 241Nm and 2-wheel drive with a CVT gearbox.
This is not the first time Toyota and Subaru have collaborated on hybrid cars. Subaru borrowed Toyota’s plug-in hybrid technology to use in the Crosstrek. The hybrid system developed by Subaru was much criticized in the past, as it drove the car prices higher while the efficiency in fuel economy was negligible. This is a nod to the previous Crosstrek and Impreza hybrids.
For this reason, Subaru publicly confirmed 6 months ago that they will start using hybrid technology supplied by Toyota from 2025. With this change, Subaru hybrid cars can save 40 – 50% fuel compared to regular versions. The next name to use the above system after the Crosstrek Hybrid will be the Forester Hybrid.
The release date of the above edition will be “about a year after the launch date of the standard edition”, i.e. in late 2024.
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