Subaru is looking at the greener side of life as the trend of fuel-efficient technology in Japan continues to rise. The Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid officially joined the lineup in the Japanese market on July 10. The gas-electric model is the second hybrid offered in Subaru’s Japanese lineup.
While Subaru won’t be selling the Impreza Hybrid in North American any time soon, we’re hoping that this will change. In Subaru’s Japanese market, though, things are looking good for the automaker, which plans to sell 6,000 Impreza Sport Hybrids per year in Japan alone.
Sharing an electric all-wheel drive powertrain with the Subaru XV Hybrid, the Impreza Hybrid will help improve fuel efficiency across the brand’s lineup. The Impreza and XV hybrid models both get about 48 mpg, although the Japanese equivalent isn’t equal to an official United States EPA rating.
Starting next year Subaru plans to convert its gasoline engines to direct injection. By 2020, Subaru is scheduled to add cylinder deactivation and lean combustion cycles to further improve fuel economy.
Subaru currently sells the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in North America. A plug-in hybrid is also in the works, but won’t reach North American shores in 2018.