Subaru’s young Crosstrek Hybrid has been shown the door.
The automaker says the Crosstrek Hybrid, which was Subaru’s first production hybrid, has been discontinued for the 2017 model year.
The move comes amid a slump in U.S. sales of hybrid and other alternative-energy vehicles, notably cars, as gasoline prices remain low.
The Crosstrek Hybrid debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
“It is important to note that we are not leaving the hybrid market permanently,” said Jeff Walters, executive vice president of sales at Subaru of America.
Subaru is readying a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will be offered in 2018 and power a vehicle in its current range rather than an all-new model.
The hybrid system is being developed internally -- Subaru won’t use a system created by partner and investor Toyota.
When equipped with a continuously variable transmission, the gasoline-powered Crosstrek achieved 26 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. A CVT 2016 Crosstrek started at $24,245, including shipping.
The 2016 Hybrid Crosstrek started at $27,245, including shipping, some $3,000 more than its gasoline-powered sibling.
The Crosstrek hybrid was rated at 30 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, close to what the cheaper gas model achieved.
The Crosstrek Hybrid is powered by a combination of Subaru’s 2-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine and a permanent magnet AC synchronous electric drive motor, bringing total output to 160 hp and 163 pounds-feet of torque.
Subaru has sold 68,810 Crosstreks in the U.S. through the first nine months of 2016, for a gain of 3.1 percent over the same period in 2015.