Even if Subaru borrowed the Prime's 8.8-kWh battery and electric motors, the Crosstrek Hybrid's boxer engine, all-wheel-drive system, and higher ride height will make it hard to match the Toyota's 25-mile EV range or its 54 mpg combined rating.
The post Subaru will launch its first plug-in hybrid with a little help from Toyota appeared first on Digital Trends. There's now no information on system power or EV range, but Subaru says the Crosstrek will use Toyota-sourced hybrid technology.
Subaru says the Crosstrek Hybrid will retain the capabilities offered by the all-wheel-drive systems integral to the brand's identity while raising fuel efficiency with bursts of electric power.
A Toyota hybrid system, borrowed as part of the two companies' technical partnership, will provide the electric propulsion through a transmission unique to the Crosstrek Hybrid.
Until a more concrete forecast is made public, the most likely prospect is the Subaru XV, a plug-in hybrid version of which has been announced in the United States, where the popular crossover is known as the Crosstek.
Another contender to commence the Australian Subaru hybrid foray here will be an electrified version of the all-new Forester due later this year, but this too will find its way to other countries long before our market. Its first electrically powered model is to be the Crosstrek, which consumers will be able to buy before the end of the year. We also have no idea what sort of fuel economy it will get.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will arrive in showrooms at the end of the year.