Subaru will offer a 2019 Crosstrek PHEV model – the standard 2019 Crosstrek is pictured.
(UPDATE: Parts shortages in Japan have slowed 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid production. Deliveries to U.S. dealerships, originally slated for late December or early January, won’t start until late February or March, the company says.)
I confess to being a Subaru fan – I’ve owned two. But I’ve always been disappointed in the company’s fuel efficiency performance.
The company hasn’t released much info yet, but we do know that thanks to Toyota’s minority ownership stake in Subaru, the 2019 Crosstrek PHEV will use plug-in hybrid technology borrowed from the Toyota Prius Prime and the Camry Hybrid.
It will be able to deliver up to 17 miles of all-electric range at speeds of up to 65 mph., and has been EPA-rated at 35 mpg when operating as a standard hybrid after the plug-charge is gone.
The Toyota electric drive components will be linked to Subaru’s 4-cylinder Boxer engine. The 2019 Crosstrek PHEV will retain Subaru’s all-wheel drive system, but will get a new CVT transmission.
Subie initially plans to sell the 2019 Crosstrek PHEV only in California and the nine states that have adopted California’s zero emission vehicles (ZEV) policy.
Those nine are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Next Read: Our 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid First Drive review.