Subaru has introduced an e-Boxer hybrid variant for the XV in Japan, which is available as the range-topping Advance model. The XV e-Boxer is claimed to have a fuel consumption of just 19.2 km/l following the JC08 testing cycle, and 15 km/l with the WLTC (World Harmonized Light-duty Vehicle Test Cycle).

In terms of powertrain specifications, the XV e-Boxer is identical to the Forester e-Boxer that is already on sale in Japan. The engine is a FB20 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated, direct-injected flat-four petrol engine that makes 145 PS at 6,000 rpm and 188 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The mill is paired with a Lineartronic CVT that features a 13.6 PS/65 Nm electric motor placed within, along with the brand’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system. The electric motor draws power from a 4.8 Ah lithium-ion battery located under the boot floor, which warrants a smaller fuel tank that holds 48 litres rather than 63 litres in non-hybrid variants of the XV. It is also the heaviest XV in the line-up (for the Japan market) at 1,825 kg (gross weight).

The e-Boxer system is capable of running on electric power only at low speeds for a limited distance like when setting off. At medium speeds, the engine and electric motor work together for better efficiency, while at high speeds, the engine propels the car and keeps the battery charged.

In Japan the XV Advance is available with a unique Lagoon Blue Pearl exterior body colour, with many elements of the interior also adopting the blue theme. A more reserved black interior is also available, along with other exterior colour options. Pre-orders for the XV Advance have already started since September 11, with more details being released in October.