A Subaru Hybrid is Finally Here: 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid Arrives Late 2018

Joanna Estrada
May 15, 2018

Ever wanted an all-wheel drive companion that is also environmentally-friendly?

The prospect of electrified Subaru models arriving in Australia is more a matter of when and not if, according to the Japanese carmaker's local arm, and the company has its arm firmly in the air for its first hybrid offerings. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid integrates a four-cylinder direct-injection Subaru BOXER engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, all-new transmission and the Toyota Hybrid System (THS).

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. Technical details have not yet been announced, but we know the model will retain its current flat-4-cylinder engine that will get a modified version of the hybrid system Toyota now uses in its Prius. Subaru has partnered with Toyota on the development of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Exact details regarding the hybrid's powertrain and output figures remain a mystery. We're not exactly sure as to what it will be, but our best guess is that it will be a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) geared specifically for hybrid use.

Subaru gave no further specs for the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid, such as battery size, range, or power, and the company did not confirm the name Evoltis for the model.

However, this is not Subaru's first venture into making an AWD hybrid.

Subaru Australia managing director Colin Christie has previously said that a hybrid model is inevitable as emissions standards become tighter.

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