Expected to come as standard with all-wheel drive.
According to Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Subaru is getting ready to dip its toes into the EV market with the launch of a zero-emissions midsize crossover based on the Forester or Outback. The model is said to ride on the company’s new global platform unveiled earlier this year which will make its debut on a production car with the upcoming next-gen Impreza. The newspaper also mentions the electric crossover is part of Subaru’s plan to meet the more stringent emissions regulations in United States.
However, Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (expected to change its name to Subaru Corporation) has not confirmed the report originating from the Land of the Rising Sun. FHI spokesman Masato Saito told Automotive News the company has not made up its mind whether it will launch an AWD electric crossover. If it will, Saito went on to specify the model’s main target is indeed going to be North America.
Alternatively-powered models are definitely on Subaru’s agenda since the new platform has been engineered to accommodate both plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. There are even rumors of a hybridized WRX STI for the model’s next generation with a combined 326+ horsepower (240+ kilowatts), but it’s too early to know for sure.
One thing is certain. If Subaru wants to meet the tighter emission laws in the U.S., it will have to work on hybrids and EVs to launch in the years to come.
Note: 2016 Subaru XV Concept pictured.