The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is Finally Here (Again)

Perhaps round two will be a winner? Subaru has officially unveiled its 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid just ahead of its live debut at the LA Auto Show next week. The previous generation Crosstrek Hybrid was a total bust, it didn’t sell and it didn’t provide a significant fuel economy improvement over the non-hybrid model. Has Subaru gotten it right this time?

First off, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is really a plug-in hybrid, taking full advantage of Toyota’s fantastic hybrid system. This time it’s connected to Subaru’s 2.0-liter direct-injection Boxer four engine. The resulting drivetrain system is called Subaru StarDrive.  StarDrive consists of a Boxer engine, a Lineartronic CVT, and a pair of electric motors.

Subaru says the new 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be a full second quicker to sixty than the standard car despite the new hybrid producing less peak power and weighing a lot more (a lot more). Subaru says the hybrid will make a total system output of 148 horsepower, with the gasoline engine topping out at 137 horses and 134 lb-ft of torque. The electric parts contribute 118 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Its curb weight bends is a stout 3,726 lbs.

Comparatively the standard car weighs as little as 3,113 lbs and its 2.0-liter makes 152 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 145 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

I guess that’s the magic of electric motors providing peak torque at essentially zero rpm, time under the cure matters!

The hybrid battery is a 8.8-kWh lithium-ion unit that can be fully charged in a couple of hours using a 240v power source. It’ll take five hours from a standard plug.

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is priced at $34,995 plus $975 for destination and delivery and it will arrive at dealers later this year.


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