Subaru announced the 2021 Crosstrek model change on June 9, but there was no mention of the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid trim. Usually, Subaru would include all trims with updates across the model lineup, but the Crosstrek Hybrid was missing. Torque News reached out to Subaru of America, and they told us, "There will be a 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid."
What can customers expect for the 2021 model change? Subaru introduced the fuel-efficient Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid for the 2019 model year. The Japanese automaker launches a new model every five years with a "mid-cycle refresh" in the fourth year.
Unlike the Crosstrek that is in year four of its life cycle, the Crosstrek Hybrid trim is entering year three and won't see any significant changes. Check out below what could be coming in 2022.
The Crosstrek Hybrid subcompact SUV received minor upgrades for 2020, with the main feature being a new Rear Seat Reminder. The Hybrid trim also came with automatic door locks as standard and a new Magnetite Gray Metallic exterior color change.
What's new for the 2021 Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid?
Look for the 2021 Hybrid to get a redesigned front bumper, new fog light covers, and a newly-designed front grille like the other 2021 Crosstrek trims. There are no announcements yet on the 2021 Hybrid's pricing. With no significant mechanical changes in the works, we expect it to remain close to the current model's $35,145 price (not including destination fees). Prices will likely raise a few hundred dollars on the 2021 model.
The 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid is the one to watch
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the model change to watch. In its fourth year, the electrified subcompact SUV will likely get a "refresh" with new mechanical modifications and possibly safety and technology upgrades.
The 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid could be coming with a more fuel-efficient direct-injection turbocharged engine. The Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter direct injection Boxer engine coupled with two electric motors. Subaru will likely update the gas engine and motors to achieve an EV range longer than its current 17 miles and improve its 90 MPGe.
The Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid is limited in its availability, but don't expect that to change. Subaru of America offers "limited quantities" of the new 2020 Crosstrek with electric technology. The Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid sells in every state, but customers who want the hybrid model will have to wait in most U.S. states when ordered. You won't find any sitting in dealer showrooms unless you live in California or Northeast coast states. Instead of waiting, most customers are opting for the standard model.
The Subaru Crosstrek Plug-In Hybrid will get few changes in its third year of the product cycle. We expect Subaru of America to announce the 2021 Crosstrek Hybrid model change and pricing this fall. Based on previous years' on-sale dates and delays from plant closures this year, we estimate a winter 2020 arrival.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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