The Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year.
Subaru of America plans a plug-in hybrid version of the hot-selling Crosstrek subcompact crossover.
Subaru said Friday the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid.
The company’s global platform that underpins the Crosstrek was designed and engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid.
The platform’s flexible design allows for gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric drivetrains. The Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year on the Subaru Global Platform.
The plug-in hybrid can be driven “as a normal hybrid,” Subaru said in a statement, using both gasoline and electric power or just in pure electric drive.
The Crosstrek Hybrid will feature 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, Subaru said.
In February, Subaru Chief Technology Officer Takeshi Tachimori told Automotive News that the automaker would be drawing heavily from partnerships to engineer the plug-in hybrid.
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