America’s Subaru is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek subcompact crossover.
Friday the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be the producer’s first plug-in hybrid.
The company designed global platform that underpins the Crosstrek to accommodate a plug-in hybrid.
The platform’s flexible design allows for gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric drivetrains.
The plug-in hybrid can be driven as a normal hybrid
The Crosstrek Hybrid will have partner Toyota Motor Corp.’s hybrid system combined with Subaru’s four-cylinder, direct-injection boxer engine, all-wheel drive and an all-new transmission.
In February, Subaru Chief Technology Officer Takeshi Tachimori said that the producer will be drawing heavily from partnerships to engineer the plug-in hybrid.
“For our plug-in hybrid to be introduced this year, we have used Toyota’s technologies as much as possible,” said Tachimori.
The plug-in variant will have unique style and it sis arriving at dealers at the end of the year. The top-selling vehicle in the subcompact crossover segment, rose 67 percent to 45,728 Crosstreks this year through April.
Pricing of the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is not familiar yet.