Subaru has officially announced a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the top-selling Crosstrek. AWD remains standard and the new powertrain allows the Crosstrek to operate as a standard hybrid as well as hold around 20 miles of pure electric range that can be charged by 120 or 240V plugs.
The hybrid technology comes from the leader of hybrid technology, Toyota, and more specifically the Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle. Crosstrek offers the all-weather capability, ground clearance, and spaciousness that more of today’s buyers are after.
Being Subaru’s first plug-in, they want to make sure they do it right. The previous Crosstrek hybrid was not much more efficient than the gas-only mode, and didn’t offer EV only range like the plug-in will.
The only other vehicle to offer AWD and plug-in capability as of now, while maintaining a price under $40,000, is the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Crosstrek plug-in hybrid will likely arrive priced at around $32,000 with standard Eyesight, and an optional moonroof, nav, and Harmon Kardon audio system.