Subaru Raids the Toyota Parts Bin for First-Ever Plug-In Model

Subaru Raids the Toyota Parts Bin for First-Ever Plug-In Model

Ever wanted an all-wheel drive companion that is also environmentally-friendly?

Last month, auto and Driver reported that Subaru filed the trademark name Evoltis with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, leading to speculation that the name could be applied to the expected plug-in hybrid version of the Crosstrek.

Subaru announced Friday that its long-awaited Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in model, will go on sale as a 2019. Subaru will combine its own boxer engine and all-wheel drive system with Toyota hybrid tech. Technical details have not yet been announced, but we know the model will retain its current flat-4-cylinder engine that will get a modified version of the hybrid system Toyota now uses in its Prius.

We knew a Subaru hybrid was in the works and how it's official. But given that it will benefit from an electric motor, expect the XV Hybrid to produce slightly more horsepower and torque than standard. We're not exactly sure as to what it will be, but our best guess is that it will be a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) geared specifically for hybrid use. The new drivetrain will be accommodated by Subaru's future-proofing Global Platform, which is shared with the base Crosstrek, but designed with hybrid or all-electric power in mind.

However, this is not Subaru's first venture into making an AWD hybrid.

Another contender to commence the Australian Subaru hybrid foray here will be an electrified version of the all-new Forester due later this year, but this too will find its way to other countries long before our market. Unlike the all-new version which will be a plug-in hybrid, the previous model is a conventional hybrid.

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