The all-new Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid is not just for U.S. customers, it’s also going to be launched in Canada. Subaru originally said the first-ever Subaru with a plug-in would only be sold in the U.S., but that has changed, it’s also heading up north. Subaru Canada just announced they will get the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid at the end of next year. The U.S. will get it at the end of December 2018.
The Subaru Crosstrek PHEV was built to comply with California's zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulations. Canada is accelerating the deployment of ZEVs and has a long-term goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. According to a recent report, Canada has seen impressive growth in ZEV sales over the past few years. In fact, ZEV sales in Canada increased 68 percent between 2016 and 2017. As of the end of 2017, the total number of ZEVs on Canadian roads was 47,800.
The new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid could be a good seller in Canada. Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia will be prime targets for the new Subaru plug-in where there has been significant growth in ZEV sales over the 2013 to 2017 time period.
Subaru Corp tapped Toyota’s vast hybrid resources for their first-ever PHEV. Subaru’s new plug-in hybrid technology pulled largely from the Toyota’s Prius Prime. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid integrates the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) mated with Subaru’s four-cylinder direct-injection Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and an all-new CVT automatic transmission.
According to the Subaru of America press release, it’s estimated to achieve an all-electric range of 17 miles making it a good city commuter during the week. Subaru says the new powertrain is a full second quicker from 0-60 mph than the standard Crosstrek and gets up to 90 MPGe with a total range of 480 miles when using both gas and electric power. The all-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is capable of speeds up to 65 mph when in full electric mode. It’s now coming to Canadian showrooms late 2019.
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