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Plug-in Hybrid Crosstrek on Way from Subaru, with Help from Toyota

Subaru, which has announced that it intends to electrify its lineup in the coming years, will start to deliver on its commitment before 2018 is out. Its first electrically powered model is to be the Crosstrek, which consumers will be able to buy before the end of the year.

Subaru had actually previously offered a hybrid variant of its popular small SUV, but this time around the Crosstrek plug-in was made possible by the technical support of Toyota.

What is thus, in a sense, the second generation of the Subaru Crosstrek hybrid will be the automaker’s first plug-in model. Technical details have not yet been announced, but we know the model will retain its current flat-4-cylinder engine that will get a modified version of the hybrid system Toyota currently uses in its Prius.

We expect that the new variant will gain a little bit in terms of power, which is good news as the Crosstrek is known for its rather modest performance capabilities.

In terms of range, the new model should offer owners between 30 and 35 km in all-electric mode, making it a realistic proposition for those looking for a short daily commuter. For the rest the car will function like a typical hybrid product once that range is used up.  

In addition, the all-wheel drive will remain in place, no surprise as it represents the single biggest distinguishing feature of the carmaker’s vehicle offering. The CVT transmission will also be retained for the newest version of the Crosstrek.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid
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2016 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid