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Subaru Raids the Toyota Parts Bin for First-Ever Plug-In Model

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Subaru Raids the Toyota Parts Bin for First-Ever Plug-In Model

Subaru first electrified its lineup with the release of the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid, but this lasted only through 2016, as the thrifty hybrid was discontinued in 2017. Now, as we roll into the 2019 model year, Subaru is resurrecting the Crosstrek Hybrid, but with one big change.

Instead of being a standard hybrid, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be Subaru’s first-ever plug-in model. There are still very few details surrounding the Crosstrek Hybrid, but we do know that Subaru and Toyota will team up again, as the hybrid drive unit will come from the latter. Subaru will, of course, offer the gasoline-fueled power in the form of its 2.0-liter boxer-four engine.

There is no indication of range or fuel economy, but Subaru did mention that the Crosstrek Hybrid will have at least two driving modes: hybrid and EV. Chances are, the Crosstrek Hybrid will have an EV range of 20 to 25 miles.

Subaru also announced that the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will feature exclusive styling, but it left out any specifics on what will make this crossover unique.

There is no mention of when the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will hit showrooms, but it should come soon, as the window to get 2019s on showroom before the 202s start coming is quickly closing. Stay tuned for updates.

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