How a CVT works…
and why the Lineartronic is a better CVT
After years of research and development, Subaru engineers were able to introduce a production-car first: a CVT longitudinally paired with AWD that uses a chain instead of the more commonly used belt. Thanks to this unique design, the Lineartronic CVT uses smaller pulleys, making it lighter and more efficient overall. This design also boasts a more natural feel as compared to other CVTs, allowing drivers to experience instant response that is also smoother and quieter.
This CVT employs two hydraulically actuated, adjustable V-shaped pulleys that are connected via the chain. Depending on vehicle speed, the pulley sides are pushed in or pulled out, which causes the chain to move through “the valley” created by the pulleys. The chain moves seamlessly, which means there is no interruption in power and this translates into smoother acceleration, improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.
The CVT operates automatically, but those looking for a more involving experience can opt for the six-speed manual mode. These preset ratios can be selected using the paddle shifters mounted on the steering column, allowing the driver to control when and how the pulleys move. This feature gives the driver a sportier driving experience as an added benefit.