Subaru will unveil its first ever plug-in hybrid, a 2019 Crosstrek, to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The all-wheel drive 772-km-range crossover, which bears a resemblance to the current Crosstrek but with unique styling cues inside and out (including a new Lagoon Blue Pearl body colour) and new technology, will be in showrooms by the end of the year.
Along with “plug-in hybrid” badges, other unique presentation cues include blue headlight projector rings, fog-light accents, and silver metallic finish on the front grille, lower front bumper and body cladding. The low-profile roof rails, spoiler and unique 18-inch wheels are finished in black.
The interior features exclusive grey and navy-blue leather seats, door panels and armrests, and accented in blue stitching throughout.
The car features Subaru’s new StarDrive Technology, a hybrid system that uses the 2.0-litre Boxer 4-cylinder engine with a pair of electric motors — one working as an engine starter and to work as a generator to charge the lithium-ion batteries (located under the cargo floor, with little impact on the 1220-litre cargo volume), and the other for propulsion and to charge the batteries through regenerative braking — all controlled by a continuously variable transmission, which has features X-Mode and hill descent control.
In full electric mode, under ideal conditions, the Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of speeds up to 105 km/h and a range of up to 30 km, but probably more impressive is that it’s a full second faster in zero to 100 km/h sprints than the engine-only Crosstrek. Fuel economy in full electric mode is the equivalent of 2.6 L/100 km.
Of note is an audible warning to pedestrians when the Crosstrek is driving in electric mode at speeds below 35 km/h.
Of course, it features all the usual Subaru features, such as the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology that includes pre-collision braking, throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist.
The full equipment list and pricing will be announced closer to launch.