Quick look at the first plug-in hybrid Subaru

Subaru is present at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with its first PHEV model - the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which soon will be on sale.

There were two copies at the show - white and blue. As you can see in Kelley Blue Book's first look video below, the Crosstrek Hybrid is cool but also kind of compromise.

We assume that the Japanese company wanted to finally introduce some plug-in model, but at a minimum cost. This is why there is no dedicated platform but Toyota Prius Prime tech, mechanical all-wheel drive system (instead of a separate electric motor in the rear) and compromised trunk space.

Anyway, we like the look and hopefully Subaru will attract some more consumers to plug-ins.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid specs:

  • 8.8 kWh battery (5.5 kWh usable), 25.0 Ah; 351.5V
  • all-electric range of 17 miles (27 km) (EV mode up to 65 mph); total range: 480 (772 km)
  • 0-60 mph in around 9-10 seconds
  • Towing capacity: 1,000 lb. (class 1); 100-lb. tongue capacity
  • System output: 148hp from 2.0L engine (137hp @ 5,600 rpm), Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and two electric motor-generators: MG1 Operates as power generator to charge and maintain the high-voltage hybrid battery. MG1 is also the starter motor and generator for the gasoline engine. MG2 supplies electrical drivetrain power output for the hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) driving modes. Also provides charging for the high-voltage hybrid battery during regenerative braking. MG2 output: 118.0 HP / 148.9 lb-ft of torque, 0-1,500 rpm.
  • all-wheel drive
  • charging time: around 2 hours at 3.3 kW (240 V)
  • Curb weight: 3,726 lb (1,690 kg)