The Subaru brand is lacking when it comes to electrification as a whole, so its hoping to make up some of the deficit with the new Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid. At first glance, though, it appears this new plug-in is here solely to check the boxes for Subaru to say they have one.
Subaru is leveraging its alliance with Toyota to converge its own 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder with a variation of the same hybrid powertrain found in a Toyota Prius Prime. The result is an 8.8-kWh battery pack that sends juice to two electric motors. All power flows through a CVT transmission.
One would assume that having an electrified power option would yield a more powerful Crosstrek, but that isn’t the case. Actually, the base car’s 152 horsepower rating has declined to 148 horsepower in hybrid formation. The whole situation is a bit of a head-scratcher, but Subaru says it will travel about 17 miles on electric-only and 470 miles with a full tank and charge.
Subaru isn’t ready to talk about fuel economy ratings just yet, but confirms the Crosstrek Plug-in will be able to tow 1,000 pounds and have standard all-wheel drive, like all Subaru’s.
Where the significance of the Crosstrek Plug-in wanes further is in the fact it will only be offered in 10 states; those that have zero emissions standards. Potential customers in those 10 states will be able to acquire the Crosstrek Plug-in for a base price of $36,000.
Basically, this is a compliance car for Subaru.