New Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid coming for 2019

Subaru launched a conventional hybrid version of the Crosstrek for the 2014 model-year

Subaru launched a conventional hybrid version of the Crosstrek for the 2014 model-year

That vehicle is the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid (not pictured) and the automaker promises that the PHEV will maintain all the capability of the traditional Crosstrek with improved fuel economy.

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.

This is the first time Subaru has ever released a plug-in hybrid model.

Even if Subaru borrowed the Prime's 8.8-kWh battery and electric motors, the Crosstrek Hybrid's boxer engine, all-wheel-drive system, and higher ride height will make it hard to match the Toyota's 25-mile EV range or its 54 mpg combined rating.

There is no word yet if the all-new Subaru XV Hybrid will be offered elsewhere besides the US. Normal driving will mix gas and electric power as directed by engine programming, while electric-only power can be used for short trips. Yes, you read that right, the all-new XV Hybrid will utilize the Toyota Hybrid System.

The Crosstrek is a big seller for Subaru with the model being the third most popular vehicle in the line. The new drivetrain will be accommodated by Subaru's future-proofing Global Platform, which is shared with the base Crosstrek, but designed with hybrid or all-electric power in mind. It is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was created to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains.

Subaru also announced that the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will feature exclusive styling, but it left out any specifics on what will make this crossover unique.

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