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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Debuts in LA

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Even Subaru can’t keep electrification out of its model lineup. At long last, it is entering the electrified car market with the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid, a more efficient version of its very popular compact crossover, unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Though Subaru’s ethos is all about performance and active lifestyles, it’s no surprise to see the automaker is finally crossing into the world of electrified vehicles. Until recently, the company had been small enough — and its engines clean enough — to comply with California’s zero-emission regulations, but as Subaru has begun to grow and add bigger models to its lineup, such as the eight-passenger Ascent SUV, it has inevitably had to look into electrified powertrains.

Of course, there’s little downside to this. Subaru will continue to offer its currently successful models and attract new, eco-conscious customers. And the Crosstrek sacrifices very little with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which was co-developed with Toyota.

Related: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek model overview

Like every Subaru, it will boast all-wheel drive, and while the 2.0-liter engine produces just 148 horsepower, the electric engine provides helps provide ample low-end torque.

According to Subaru, the new 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid has an all-electric range of 17 miles, enough for a short daily commute, and can attain a top speed of 65 mph on electric power alone. Combined with the gasoline engine, the combined miles-per-gallon equivalent is estimated at around 90.

Visually, it’s virtually indistinguishable from a regular Crosstrek outside of hybrid-only exterior and interior accents. However, owners will also be able to remotely set the climate control and check battery charging levels via their phone.

The Crosstrek Hybrid will go first go on sale in California and other zero-emission states in late December for a starting price of $35,970.

Related: Check out the all-new 2019 Ascent SUV