Subaru has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Set to go on sale next year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid features an all-new “StarDrive” powertrain which consists of a 2.0-liter boxer engine, two electric motors, a symmetrical all-wheel drive system and a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.
One of the electric motors functions as an engine starter, but it can also be used to as a generator to produce electricity for the 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The second electric motor powers the car while also recharging the battery via regenerative braking.
This setup enables the Crosstrek Hybrid to have a combined maximum output of approximately 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS). While that doesn’t sound like much, the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) one second faster than the standard Crosstrek which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 hp (113 kW / 154 PS) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) of torque.
Improved performance isn’t the only benefit as the Crosstrek Hybrid can travel up to 17 miles (27 km) on electricity alone at speeds up to 65 mph (104 km/h). Overall, the car has a combined range of 480 miles (772 km).
Styling changes are relatively minor as the plug-in hybrid is distinguished by blue headlight projector rings, unique silver trim and special 18-inch alloy wheels. The model also has plug-in hybrid badging, rear charging port and an exclusive Lagoon Blue Pearl paint job.
The interior largely carries over, but the Crosstrek Hybrid has two-tone leather seats with blue contrast stitching. Drivers will also find blue trim and hybrid-specific displays.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a base price of $34,995 and model comes nicely equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and an 8-inch infotainment system. The car also has an EyeSight driver assistance system which provides adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking. Other safety features include a blind spot detection system and rear cross traffic alert.
Note: Prices exclude destination changes which vary by state and start at $975