New documents reveal that the upcoming 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid could have a best-case scenario of 25 miles of all-electric range—unadjusted—according to numbers submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
That puts it in the hunt with other plug-in hybrid small hatchbacks and crossover vehicles.
The California documents, first obtained by Autoblog, show results from the EPA's urban dynamometer driving cycle, a lab test which by itself has been known to produce somewhat optimistic numbers. The actual EPA range rating will be subject to an adjustment factor and could be significantly lower.
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Subaru developed the Crosstrek Hybrid in conjunction with Toyota, using Toyota's hybrid drive system, which likely means it will have the larger company's electronically-controlled, planetary continuously variable transmission. It is expected to offer Subaru's typical standard all-wheel drive and elevated ground-clearance, however, so many observers expected more modest range numbers.
When Subaru last sold a Crosstrek Hybrid from 2014 to 2016, it barely improved on the fuel-economy of the non-hybrid Crosstrek and seldom ran on electric power.
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The company hasn't released any specs, so the configuration of the all-wheel drive system isn't entirely clear—or whether the Crosstrek has a larger battery pack than the 8.8-kilowatt-hour unit in the Prius Prime.
The Crosstrek Hybrid is scheduled to debut later this month at the LA Auto Show, potentially at the same time as a rumored all-wheel-drive version of the Toyota Prius hybrid. Toyota, however, may not offer all-wheel drive on the Plug-in Prius Prime, which has 25 miles of range.
Either way, the new Crosstrek Hybrid makes no mention of its plug-in capability in its name, much like the Chrysler's Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Perhaps having some plug-in range has become the new minimum entry point for a vehicle to be called a hybrid.
UPDATE: This piece was corrected to reflect that the documents cited were from CARB, not the EPA. A potentially misleading statement about correction factors has also been removed.