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A sneak peek at Subaru’s first-ever hybrid

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Subaru unveiled its first-ever hybrid at the New York Auto Show today.

“What?” you ask incredulously. “They’re just now doing a hybrid?”

Yeah, well, they were early to the game on supporting LGBT equality. Ya win some, ya lose some.

The automobile taking up the spotlight today is the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. It’s pretty much the regular XV Crosstrek but with a heavier engine that sometimes won’t use gas.

From its landing page:

Designed with the foundation of Subaru engineering, the all-new 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers the control and balance drivers expect from a Subaru vehicle. And as the most fuel-efficient AWD hybrid crossover in America, it also offers an earth-conscious attitude.

The SUBARU BOXER engine provides a low center of gravity for agile handling. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive flows power to all wheels for a constant grip on the road while still giving you great fuel efficiency. Best of all, it’s an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle making it the lowest-emissions AWD hybrid crossover in America.

The hybrid version of the Boxer engine weighs around 300 pounds more than the standard gas-only version. In low-speed situations, the car can run on electricity, and it can start on electricity. The gas engine is used for the extra get-up-and-go.

The company also showed off a new WRX concept car at the show:

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