Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV is at the end of its extension cord


The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid plug-in hybrid has reached the top of its charging twine. Subaru confirmed to Inexperienced Automobile Studies that there isn’t a plan for a Crosstrek Hybrid in its new era, which made its debut Thursday on the 2023 Chicago Auto Present. 

The Crosstrek Hybrid launched for the 2014 model yr as Subaru’s first hybrid, then turned a plug-in hybrid as a part of a redesign for the 2019 model yr. Nonetheless obtainable for 2023, and at present in inventory at some West Coast dealerships, the Crosstrek Hybrid goes 17 miles all-electric and carves out a singular area amongst plug-in hybrids, reflecting Subaru’s nonconformist market proposition.

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid


In plug-in hybrid type, the Crosstrek has at all times been a really low-volume car, promoting nearly solely in California-emissions states the place ZEV mandates and their credit-based compliance system successfully require a sure ratio of plug-in fashions.

Which results in why the Crosstrek Hybrid resides on borrowed time. That position of regulatory compliance is now crammed by the all-electric Subaru Solterra, which joined the lineup for 2023, because the model’s first mainstream EV (at the least by Subaru’s phrases). The Solterra (the title is a mix of the Latin phrases for “Solar” and “Earth”) is positioned in a crowded section already populated by the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Nissan Ariya.


2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

2023 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Subaru has relied closely on Toyota to get electrified fashions into U.S. showrooms. The Solterra is intently associated to the Toyota bZ4X; the Crosstrek Hybrid borrowed elements from each the RAV4 Hybrid and the Toyota Prius Prime, and it was seen as a mission with important enter from Toyota.

On the time of the Crosstrek Hybrid’s introduction, Subaru hinted that given the extent of effort and funding from each firms in getting the product to market, it could be headed to different fashions as properly. Given California’s plans since then to carry essentially the most significant incentives for 50-mile plug-in hybrids, it is doubtless these plans have shifted to different initiatives. So one other Crosstrek Hybrid alongside the traces of the outgoing model simply does not make sense.


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