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Subaru introducing its first plug-in hybrid in US; Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru Corporation is introducing its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, in the US. Offering real all-wheel capability in a hybrid package, the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Hybrid features the new Subaru StarDrive Technology that uniquely integrates electric motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injection SUBARU BOXER engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and a new Lineartronic (Continuously Variable Transmission).


The Crosstrek has become the brand’s third-best-selling model in America since its debut six years ago. Priced at $34,995 plus $975 for destination and delivery, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is the most efficient version of the versatile compact SUV.

The 8.8 kWh Li-ion battery supports an all-electric range of up to 17 miles, with a combined 90 MPGe and total range of 480 miles. Towing capacity is up to around 1000 lbs. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will go on sale at U.S. Subaru retailers by the end of this year.


Subaru StarDrive Technology employs two electric motors. One motor functions as an engine starter. Conversely, it can be powered by the engine to function as a generator for the hybrid battery. The second motor powers the vehicle for hybrid and electric driving modes. It also charges the hybrid battery during regenerative braking.

The Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of speeds up to 65 mph when in full electric mode and is a full second faster from 0 to 60 mph than the standard Crosstrek.

Display contents are specific for the Plug-In Hybrid model and the telematics system is enhanced by exclusive features provide added convenience and comfort. The Remote Battery Charging Timer function allows to change charge setting remotely from smartphone app. The Remote Climate Control function allows to control the vehicle’s air conditioning system remotely, before getting onto it, using a smartphone app or the key.

The Crosstek Hybrid retains the characteristics of the standard Crosstrek, with a dynamic quality achieved with the rigid body structure of the Subaru Global Platform that was designed to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains. An electronically controlled brake system that consists of regenerative brakes and mechanical brakes has been adopted.

Collision safety performance is based on the safe framework of the Subaru Global Platform, and features a strengthened chassis platform to support the increased weight of the Plug-In Hybrid system, as well as protection for the High voltage battery to ensure Crosstrek’s class leading safety even in the Plug-In Hybrid model.



The Fusion is gone, but with all the PHEV offerings from Fiat-Chrysler, VW and now Subaru my options for replacement when mine dies are expanding.

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The Subaru uses a Toyota-sourced hybrid system (based on the Prius Prime with a similar sized 8.8 kWh battery). Actually E-P many auto manufacturers are coming out with PHEV. Even Ford which will bring back the Lincoln Aviator with a PHEV that will compete with Porsche and BMW SUV PHEV. They will also have a "Mustang" based SUV PHEV and an Escape PHEV.
My interest is in Honda which already has a successful PHEV in the Clarity PHEV. They plan to have 2/3 of their vehicles electric based by 2030. They are wisely partnering with GM on a next generation PHEV battery. GM has excellent PHEV and EV designs, though like in the past Marketing seems to be at odds always picking "new designs", i.e. the Volt and Bolt instead of working with successful models like Subaru is doing with their Crosstrek.
Next year Honda could be bringing out a Honda Pilot PHEV, maybe even one for their new Passport SUV (based on the Honda Pilot and made in Alabama).
Stay tuned!


Everyone and his brother around here has an SUV or pickup, but I don't like the things.

I like VWs, especially the German sensibility on suspension tuning.  The handling of a purpose-built PHEV with the battery in the floor is bound to be a step upward, and you know the guys in Stuttgart will take full advantage.  If Ford partners with VW to be its passenger-car arm, I'll be happy.

I read a review and it gets real world mileage in the twenties. Better to get a real, all electric vehicle at that price like a Model 3.


My Fusion gets real-world mileage in the 40's when driven gently at medium freeway speeds, and reports upwards of 50 at 50 MPH on 2-lane roads.  According to the computer, I'm averaging 134 MPG since new.  Even if that's high by 10 MPG I'm burning barely more than 1/5 the fuel used by the 1.6 liter GDI model.

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