Subaru Crosstrek PHEV announced

Subaru launched a conventional hybrid version of the Crosstrek for the 2014 model-year

Instead of being a standard hybrid, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be Subaru's first-ever plug-in model.

Due for launch later this year, the Crosstek Hybrid will benefit from Subaru's relationship with Toyota, that brought us the BRZ sports coupe, by incorporating a Toyota hybrid system with a direct-injection Subaru boxer engine driving all four wheels via an all-new transmission - which should provide some decent shove as well as improved fuel economy.

Last month, auto and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the expected plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek.

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The Subaru announcement also detailed that the vehicle will use a version of the Toyota hybrid system from the Prius Prime. While the original Crosstrek Hybrid wasn't very good and failed to meet expectations, there was hope that a model redesign and upgraded system would come our way and make for a more viable alternative, but alas, that's not what happened.

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

Today, Subaru announced plans to add a Crosstrek hybrid to its 2019 lineup. The Crosstrek Hybrid will thus beat the rumored Subaru "Evoltis" to dealerships, despite the supposed death of the Crosstrek Hybrid project in 2016.

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Also, the hybrid version will come with an all-new transmission.

Rowley told WhichCar that while Subaru Australia is interested in an XV Hybrid, at this stage it's a US-only offering. Like the gas-powered Crosstrek models, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was created to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains.

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

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