Subaru makes Crosstrek its first plug-in hybrid

Crosstrek Hybrid will pair Toyota Hybrid System (THS) to Boxer engine

Published: May 12, 2018, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:01 PM

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru has decided to enter the plug-in hybrid market and its first vehicle will be a Crosstrek (the new-generation Subaru crossover unveiled last year), following up on the XV Crosstrek Hybrid introduced several years back.

Not much information was disclosed about the new model that’s expected to begin arriving in dealerships toward the end of the year, but Subaru does say it will have all the capabilities of the Crosstrek.

Subaru will use Toyota’s Hybrid System, with the unique pairing of the electric components with Subaru’s 4-cylinder Boxer engine. An all-new transmission will be fitted in the vehicle, which reportedly retains Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive.

For those who remember, there was an XV Crosstrek Hybrid back in 2015 (the previous generation), so in effect the upgrade from that vehicle will be the ability to recharge a battery pack.

Outputs were not released but if we compare it to the previous generation outputs, we can probably expect net power around 165-167 hp (the standard Crosstrek makes 152) from the electric-assisted version of the 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder. As with other PHEVs, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid can be driven in electric mode, or off the gasoline engine with electric assist as warranted by driving conditions.

No images were issued but the release did state it would have unique design features on the established Crosstrek body, so we expect something similar to what Toyota does with the Rav4 and Kia with the Soul, where differentiation comes from unique trim and modified aerodynamic add-ons.

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be built using Subaru’s Global Platform, which was created to allow flexible manufacturing for internal combustion engine models, as well as hybrids and dedicated electric vehicles.

More information, specs, equipment levels and pricing will be available closer to launch, but we expect the vehicle to be priced in the $31,000-$33,000 range.