Whereas so much of common people like Subaru, the model has lengthy been well-liked with the hippie-dippy demographic. Frankly, it appeared like the corporate missed a golden alternative to additional solidify its standing with the granola crowd by being just a little late on the hybrid entrance.
Nevertheless, perhaps we’ve categorized the automaker’s consumer base incorrectly — or at the least their style in powertrains. In any case, the Crosstrek Hybrid wasn’t an awesome success. The mannequin solely lasted three years till Subaru determined to kill it off in 2016. However it’s getting back from the lifeless for 2019, this time as a plug-in — making it Subaru’s very first PHEV.
Contemplating how poorly the final mannequin carried out, selecting to deliver again the Crosstrek Hybrid might sound like a idiot’s errand. Nevertheless, Subaru is being smart by constructing 2019 mannequin with an influence port. Plug-ins are gaining in reputation, although rather a lot of that stems from shoppers being extra prepared to undertake battery-solely automobiles. PHEV gross sales are extra of a combined bag and each nonetheless symbolize a minuscule portion of the full market.
We’re unsure how nicely the up to date Crosstrek Hybrid will promote. However sellers will have the ability to boast that the mannequin may be pushed as a traditional hybrid, utilizing each fuel and electric energy to remove range nervousness, or solely underneath electric energy for shorter commutes. That should curiosity these attempting to find a flexible household hauler who’re eager to maintain fuel prices down however don’t need to go absolutely electric.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid retains its 4-cylinder Boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive, however provides a brand new transmission and a hybrid system on mortgage from Toyota. It’s additionally presupposed to get some distinctive styling cues to distinguish itself from the fuel-powered various.
Whereas the automaker didn’t give a lot in the best way of particulars, it’s protected to anticipate the identical 2.zero-liter from the standard car with added oomph coming from the electric motors. Subaru hasn’t launched pricing but, however it’ll undoubtedly surpass the Restricted trim’s $26,295 MSRP. Subaru says the mannequin ought to start showing on vendor tons earlier than the top of the yr.
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