LA preview: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will be Subaru's first-ever plug-in model

Subaru has announced the return of the Crosstrek Hybrid for the 2019 model year. More than just the revival of an old nameplate, the Crosstrek Hybrid will also have the distinction of being Subaru's first-ever plug-in hybrid model.

Like the previous Crosstrek Hybrid, the 2019 model is largely based on the gas-only version of the popular SUV. However, this time around, Subaru is pairing the Crosstrek's 2.0L boxer engine with a pair of electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged via a household socket. As a result, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of traveling up to 17 miles on battery power alone. Subaru says the plug-in Crosstrek is good for 90MPGe and can cover up to 480 miles between fill-ups.

Despite being the more frugal Crosstrek choice, the Hybrid is actually a full second faster to 60 than its gas-only counterpart. You can also theoretically make the sprint to 60 on battery power, as the electric system is good for a top speed of 65mph.

Like virtually every other Subaru, the Crosstrek Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive. Subaru even included its X-Mode and Hill Decent Control functions, along with 8.7-inches of ground clearance, so the Crosstrek Hybrid should be one of the more off-road-capable plug-in vehicles.

Positioned at the top of the Crosstrek line, the Hybrid variant comes very well equipped. All Crosstrek Hybrid models come standard with an 8-inch infotainment screen, keyless entry, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

All Crosstrek Hybrid models also get as standard Subaru's EyeSight safety suite that includes features like emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Compared to the standard Crosstrek model, the Hybrid stands out with blue headlight projector rings, silver metallic exterior accents, unique 18-inch wheels and, of course, a few 'Plug-in' badges. The Hybrid is also notable for offering about 9-fewer cubic-feet of cargo room than the standard model, thanks to a battery pack located beneath the floor.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will carry a base price of $34,995 (not including $975 for destination), which is about $13,000 more than you'll pay for the entry-level gas-powered Crosstrek. However, it should be noted that the Crosstrek Hybrid comes pretty well loaded -- the only available option is a $2,500 package that includes a heated steering wheel, power moonroof and a navigation-ready head unit with premium Harman Kardon speakers.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will make its world debut at the Los Angeles auto show before going on sale later this year.

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