Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid coming this year with Toyota tech

The plug-in Crosstrek will be capable of electric-only driving.

Subaru is finally making good on its promise to begin electrifying its lineup. The Japanese company has announced it will resurrect the Crosstrek Hybrid before the end of the year with a little bit of help from shareholder Toyota.

The second-generation Crosstrek Hybrid will be the brand's first plug-in hybrid model. While technical details are vague at best, we know the model will keep the standard Crosstrek's flat-four engine but receive its own version of the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) found in the Prius. This option should give the Crosstrek the extra power it sorely needs, but it's not a performance hybrid. It's all about saving gas.

Subaru notes the Crosstrek Hybrid will be capable of electric-only driving for "local commuting," a term that suggests it will have no more than 20 miles of range on battery power alone. It will function as a normal gasoline-electric hybrid the rest of the time.

All-wheel drive will remain the only configuration offered. The Crosstrek Hybrid will presumably come only with a continuously variable transmission (CVT); don't expect to find a stick-shift on the list of options.

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will arrive in showrooms nationwide before the end of the year. Expect a full set of details and photos before then.

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