Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Debuts At LA Auto Show: Videos

DEC 2 2018 BY MARK KANE 26

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)

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26 Comments on "Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid PHEV Debuts At LA Auto Show: Videos"

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Everything’s great about this car, except the range.
Is Subaru/Toyota sandbagging with poor capacity batteries?

How do these batteries compare to Tesla.
And could Subaru go to Panasonic and buy better batteries?

I mean they could have come out with this solution in 2010.

Bottom line: Tesla has won.

Yep, Tesla vehicles are the perfect choice for everyone, and there is no need for other car manufacturers to exist at all.

Why is it such a dog? A 137 HP ICE and a 118 HP MG and all you get is a 10 second car?

For all of Toyota’s hybrid systems, you add the petrol engine hp and the peak battery hp together for totally possible output. so, 2004-2009 Prius, 76hp 1.5l + 34hp HV NiMH = 110hp, but that’s anywhere from 110 – 104 given all kinds of theories.

It was hard to figure that out when all everyone knew was the 76hp engine and 67hp motor, but no one understood how some of that 76hp can be siphoned off into the battery or 67hp motor.

The Prime is the same. In full EV mode the 8.8kWh battery can power both MG1 and MG2 locked together. It’s probably worth over 90hp! But with the engine the 8.8kWh battery only supplies as much as MG2 can take with the engine.

Not sure I understand all that but the late Ford CMax Energi with a similar arrangement has a 141 HP ICE and a 118 HP motor and you get 188 HP total. That car even weighs 200 pounds more than the Subbie but hits 60 in less than 8 seconds. Seems like Subaru needs to up their game a bit.

Any vehicle that reduces oil use and Carbon emissions is sure to earn the enmity,of the blog posters here.

That’s hardly accurate. This is insideevs. evs do all that and more, and people here in general support them, aside from a few individuals, who come here to knock evs, in general, and Tesla specifically, since it’s leading the ev parade.

A Tesla troll supports a useless pathetic phev….shocking!
17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…in 2019!!!

If more people drove PHEVs it would dramatically reduce carbon and other emissions. It isn’t pathetic and useless.

The problem is that PHEVs like this one have no effective EV only mode due to the minimal all electric range. Instead of the EV side of the hybrid carrying the majority of the milage, PHEVs configured this way are just as gas dependent as a hybrid with no plug. The Gen 2 Volt (RIP) and the BMW i3 Rex represent a much more useful and effective PHEV setup. An AER above 50 miles gives significant coverage for the vast majority of trips the vehicle will make. Coupled with a gas engine that can recharge the high voltage battery, such vehicles are effectively EVs with all of its benefits, along with backup and coverage for small minority of trips that cannot be covered by the AER of the vehicle. This is the type of technology that should be deployed in large vehicle segments. 150 kW battery packs are large, heavy, and expensive. But that’s what is necessary to have pure BEVs in pickup and large SUV segments. See Rivian’s recent releases as an example. Instead a PHEV with 80-100 miles of AER coupled with a smaller engine that can sustain the battery at highway speeds on level ground and coupled… Read more »

This is an EV for 17 miles.

Not even honorable mention material in my opinion.

So Subaru makes a car with a plug ….Mark, you say we shoukld he hopeful they make more.

I think its so late in the game that if smaller carmakers like Mazda and Subaru don’t make cars with significantly larger battery packs than these, they’ll soon be out of business.

Evolution and Revolution takes its toll.

Change the credit system so this pathetic attempt at creating a phev doesn’t get any!

17 miles. Meh

Might not be enough for you, but it’s enough for many. And for even more people, it’s a good compromise between electric range, total range and utility at a reasonable price point.

I was very excited for this to come out. Very disappointed in the electric range. I will be crossing this off my list, sadly.

It weighs 500 lbs more, gets 25 mpg combined as hybrid vs. 29 miles ICE version, with 17 miles EV, this will be used as a hybrid. The 13 gallon tank limits its use as traditional Subaru outdoor vehicle to point of having gasoline range anxiety. Pointless vehicle.

Subaru had this near identical car five years ago and it failed then. Why do they think it will succeed now?

Gasoline range anxiety? Are you kidding? 35 mpg x 13 gallons = 455 miles of gas range. You driving a lot across the Sahara or the Antarctic? Where else are you unable to find a find a gas station in your next 455 miles?

Except it is 25 mpg which is 325 miles. The 35 miles per gallon assumes 17 miles EV and then 25 mpg via the gas engine and average driving of 40 miles a day. If one actually used it that, had home charging and a short daily commute you could boost your miles a lot but it is going to be a small world.

I really don’t get the point of these sub-20-mile electric range PHEVs. The Volt and the Clarity, yes, but the rest of them?? I don’t get it. Hardly a day goes by in which I fail to drive more than 17 miles.

Lots of people drive less than you. On top of that, there’s a range of drives where these are still more efficient than a regular hybrid.

We’re looking and talking about PHEVs with 17 miles range…why?

Because they are useful for reducing people’s carbon footprint.

17 miles? Why bother? Also, another slowwwww Subaru. Image is everything I guess.

95% of daily commuters drive 40 miles or less. Any PHEV with a all electic range of less than this is a waste. Models such with linited range are manufactures attempt to the electric segment and test consumer demand.

This vehicle might just work for me. I can recharge when / if needed around town. I like that it has some towing capacity. Pop–up camper with canoe / kayak or car top aluminum boat. Backwoods, remote fishing / camping here I come!