Does Subaru have another hot seller here?
Although it’s officially called the Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru’s latest crossover variant is actually a plug-in hybrid. Making its official debut here at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is already guaranteed to be a marked improvement over the less than impressive previous generation. For starters, it features Toyota’s hybrid system found in, most notably, the Prius Prime. It’s connected to Subaru’s 2.0-liter direct-injection Boxer four engine. This combo is now called Subaru StarDrive, which also takes advantage of a Lineartronic CVT and a pair of electric motors.
One of those motors serves as an engine starter. It’s also capable of being powered by the engine to function as a hybrid battery generator.
The second motor purely powers the hybrid and electric driving modes and can also charge the hybrid battery via regenerative braking. Subaru claims this powertrain offers a combined output of 148 hp and 149 lb-ft of torque. The automaker also specifically designed the Crosstrek Hybrid with enough ground clearance – 8.7-inches, to be precise – for off-roading. Hill descent control is standard and maximum towing capacity is 1,000 pounds.
The 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is mounted beneath the floor, can also provide up to 17 miles of all-electric driving, though top speed in EV mode is limited to 65 mph. That battery pack and various other electric components add roughly another 500 pounds to the vehicle’s weight. But you can’t tell that’s the case from inside or out, as the design is identical to that of the non-hybrid Crosstrek.
Subaru also offers the Crosstrek Hybrid in a new exterior color, Lagoon Blue Pearl. There are also some nifty blue headlight projector rings and some unique silver trim finishes on the front grille and fog lights. Unique 18-inch black wheels further distinguishes the hybrid model.
Pricing will begin at $34,995 (not including the $995 destination fee), which is nearly $7,800 more than the non-hybrid Crosstrek.