TOKYO -- Subaru seeks to electrify at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the brand's first plug-in hybrid, a gasoline-electric version of the Crosstrek subcompact crossover that arrives in U.S. dealerships by year end.
The 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid gets exterior and interior design flourishes to distinguish it from its gasoline-powered stablemate, the brand's No. 3 seller since 2014.
The all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid will also be the nameplate's most powerful and fuel-efficient variant, Subaru says. The drivetrain pairs a 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer engine and new continuously variable transmission with two electric motors and a lithium ion battery.
The 148-hp setup achieves an electric-only driving range of 17 miles and speeds up to 65 mph in full electric mode. That is good for a fuel economy rating of 90 MPGe, while still delivering quicker 0 to 65 mph acceleration than the gasoline-powered Crosstrek, Subaru said.