Subaru just launched the 2018 Crosstrek at a press event in South Dakota to show how the new crossover handles the Black Hills along with its off-road prowess in a gravel pit. Even though the paint is barely dry, a new Crosstrek Hybrid is already in the works. It might even be coming as soon as late this year.
The Crosstrek hybrid was discontinued for the 2017 MY, but it’s been in the works for the new-generation Crosstrek since it was axed. An unnamed senior Subaru engineer said the Crosstrek will be the next vehicle in the Subaru lineup to get new hybrid technology. He said the new gas model will arrive first, and the hybrid Crosstrek will launch soon after. “We’re looking at bringing the hybrid to market at the end of next year (2018)” said the source.
SGP allows other types of alternative power units
A new Crosstrek hybrid variant has been in the planning stages for some time now. Subaru engineers will integrated a hybrid system into Crosstrek’s all-wheel-drive drivetrain, fitting the electric motor into the transmission and placing the battery pack above the rear axle. The new Subaru Global Platform the Crosstrek rides on will also allow others forms of power.
Subaru says the new architecture will allow the engineers to design a single concept for development of all models, adaptable to electrification in the future. All Subaru vehicles will be able to be designed with gasoline engines, hybrid powertrains, plug-in hybrids, electric cars, and other types of alternative power units for which demand will increase further.
The new-generation 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will get the hybrid powertrain next. Look for it to arrive sometime late this year. Stay tuned.
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