2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Will Have An Electric-Only Range Of Up To 25 Miles

Subaru announced plans for the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid earlier this year and the model is widely expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

The company has been tight-lipped about details, but Autoblog has discovered an assortment of new information tucked away in a California Air Resources Board filing (PDF). According to the document, the model will be a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which features a 2.0-liter engine. This isn’t too surprising as the standard Crosstrek has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder which produces 152 hp (113 kW / 154 PS) and 145 lb-ft (196 Nm) of torque.

While there’s no word on how powerful the hybrid powertrain will be, the document says the model will be able to travel 21.9 miles (35.2 km) on electricity on the highway and 25.65 miles (41.2 km) in the city. These numbers are similar to those posted by the Toyota Prius Prime can travel up to 25 miles (40 km) on electricity alone.

Subaru hasn’t said much about the model, but the automaker has already confirmed it will use a Toyota-sourced plug-in hybrid system. This suggests the Crosstek Hybrid will have a continuously variable transmission and an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

While the current Prius Prime is only offered with front-wheel drive, Subaru has already said the Crosstek Hybrid will have all-wheel drive. That could be part of the reason that Toyota is introducing the 2019 Prius – which is expected to offer all-wheel drive – at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

While a lot of details remain unconfirmed, Subaru chief technical officer Takeshi Tachimori has already said the model will be built in Japan and initially in markets that follow California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program. This is includes states such as Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon.

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  • emjayay

    I thought the Forester was going to have a hybrid in 2019. If so, same platform so same system I guess. I wonder where they found space for the batteries in this or a Forester? Eliminate the spare tire?

    • PhilMcGraw

      I don’t think the same markets that will get the Crosstrek PHEV will get the Forester hybrid, at least not at the start. I think the Crosstrek has proven to be a very popular vehicle in the U.S., so that’s why you’re seeing a PHEV of it whereas Europe/Australian markets will see the Forester hybrid.

      Also, if this is anything like the Camry hybrid or Avalon hybrid system they will put the batteries under the rear seat. Toyota no longer has a cargo capacity penalty for the hybrid system since they moved it under the rear seats.

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