Subaru's first plug-in hybrid will be the XV, thanks to Toyota

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

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. And while the Crosstrek is already fairly fuel efficient, we're excited to hear the hybrid version is coming back.

Even if Subaru borrowed the Prime's 8.8-kWh battery and electric motors, the Crosstrek Hybrid's boxer engine, all-wheel-drive system, and higher ride height will make it hard to match the Toyota's 25-mile EV range or its 54 mpg combined rating.

The Subaru announcement also detailed that the vehicle will use a version of the Toyota hybrid system from the Prius Prime.

Now, however, with the Crosstrek fulfilling its great potential and enjoying tremendous sales success (it leads all Subaru vehicles in Canada and ranks third in the U.S.), the Japanese automaker is confident that the time is right for an encore. Now, as we roll into the 2019 model year, Subaru is resurrecting the Crosstrek Hybrid, but with one big change.

Making things even more interesting is the fact that Subaru is once again teaming up with its technological partner Toyota (remember, the two jointly developed the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86).

Until a more concrete forecast is made public, the most likely prospect is the Subaru XV, a plug-in hybrid version of which has been announced in the United States, where the popular crossover is known as the Crosstek.

Arriving at Subaru retailers near the end of this year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique styling, calling out its distinct abilities.

There is no word yet if the all-new Subaru XV Hybrid will be offered elsewhere besides the US. It 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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