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.