Finally a hybrid moniker worthy Subaru! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 14, 2018 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Limited non-PHEV shown. Subaru just announed that it is going to offer its first-ever plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), the 2019 Crosstrek PHEV. The new Crosstrek Hybrid maintains all the capability of the traditional Subaru Crosstrek but with a large yet to be announce increase in efficiency. It can be driven as a normal Hybrid, using both gas and electric power, or driven on pure electric drive for local commuting while drawing down from a yet to be disclosed Li-Ion pack size. The Crosstrek PHEV is a more advanced version of the compact Crosstrek SUV that has become the brand’s third best-selling model in America. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uniquely integrates the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) with Subaru’s four-cylinder direct-injection BOXER engine, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and an all-new transmission. The Crosstrek Hybrid combines the wide-ranging off-road capability of the gas-powered Crosstrek with hybrid efficiency. XV Crosstek April 2018 sales of 12,266 were up 69.9 percent over the 7,218 sold in April of 2017. On a DSR basis, sales were up 84.1 percent with 24 selling days in April of 2018 vs. 26 days in April of 2017. YTD sales of 45,728 were up 66. percent over the 27,456 sold through the same period of 2017. Arriving at Subaru retailers near the end of this year, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid will also feature unique styling, calling out its distinct abilities. Like the gas-powered Crosstrek models, the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid is built around the Subaru Global Platform that was designed to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains. Early conclusions? It will certainly be more efficient and finally a full hybrid vs. the previous gens sort of hybrid. Adding plug-in capability only helps. Will it be using the latest THS or the previous gen? Will the Boxer be atkinsonized to the nth degree allowing the motor to make up for the loss of torque or will they be pulling a performance hybrid trick? All questions while I await this cannot wait to drive PHEV.