Subaru reveals plug-in hybrid XV crossover, but no Australian allocation … yet

Ruben Fields
May 15, 2018

Subaru had actually previously offered a hybrid variant of its popular small SUV, but this time around the Crosstrek plug-in was made possible by the technical support of Toyota. There's now no information on system power or EV range, but Subaru says the Crosstrek will use Toyota-sourced hybrid technology.

Details are sketchy about Subaru's first plug-in hybrid. It is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was created to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains.

Millennials are pushing electric and hybrid vehicles to the forefront of automotive, and Subaru is jumping on the train with the introduction of its first plug-in hybrid vehicle: the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Another contender to commence the Australian Subaru hybrid foray here will be an electrified version of the all-new Forester due later this year, but this too will find its way to other countries long before our market.

It is set to be launched in the USA market near the end of 2018 and will be powered by Subaru's familiar direct-injection Boxer engine with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Technical details have not yet been announced, but we know the model will retain its current flat-4-cylinder engine that will get a modified version of the hybrid system Toyota now uses in its Prius. We have no idea how far the vehicle will drive on electric power alone. Normal driving will mix gas and electric power as directed by engine programming, while electric-only power can be used for short trips. The hybrid model will land at Subaru dealers near the end of this year and will feature unique styling.

Pricing hasn't been released but we'll publish when it's announced.

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