New Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid coming for 2019

Subaru's first plug-in hybrid will be the XV thanks to Toyota image

Subaru says the Crosstrek Hybrid will retain the capabilities offered by the all-wheel-drive systems integral to the brand's identity while raising fuel efficiency with bursts of electric power.

Subaru has announced its very first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). There's now no information on system power or EV range, but Subaru says the Crosstrek will use Toyota-sourced hybrid technology. The PHEV integrates the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) with Subaru's four-cylinder direct-injection boxer engine, symmetrical all-wheel drive and a new transmission.

The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek isn't your typical subcompact crossover, but it's arguably better for it.

The Subaru announcement also detailed that the auto will use a version of the Toyota hybrid system from the Prius Prime. Subaru promises that the Crosstrek Hybrid will maintain all the off-road capability of the normal Crosstrek.

Naturally, some unique design cues will set the Crosstrek Hybrid apart from the gas-only model, although both will be built around the new Subaru Global Platform.

The prospect of electrified Subaru models arriving in Australia is more a matter of when and not if, according to the Japanese carmaker's local arm, and the company has its arm firmly in the air for its first hybrid offerings.

Making things even more interesting is the fact that Subaru is once again teaming up with its technological partner Toyota (remember, the two jointly developed the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86). Like the gas-powered Crosstrek models, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was created to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains. The latter will supply its proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system now found in several products, most notably the Prius Prime, thus maximizing fuel economy.

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