Subaru Discontinues 2017 Crosstrek Hybrid, Successor Is In Sight

Subaru has officially discontinued the sale of the Crosstrek Hybrid for the 2017 model year. The regular version of the crossover will be sold for MY2017.
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The Crosstrek Hybrid was the first-ever production vehicle from Subaru that employed a hybrid configuration. As its name says, it was based on the Crosstrek, which was developed on the Impreza platform.

Subaru’s plan of ditching the Crosstrek Hybrid from its range was first revealed in late September, as the brand published pricing of the 2017 Crosstrek, but the hybrid version was missing from the list. Its absence was motivated by slow sales, which is understandable considering it was launched on the market in 2013.

The big news for Subaru fans is that the Crosstrek Hybrid will return, and that the company is not leaving the hybrid market. While the new car is a few years from launch, the development team is working on a successor, which will employ the new Subaru Global Platform.

The configuration announced by Subaru will first be launched with the new Impreza, and will come with a body structure that will have its rigidity increased by over 70%, while collision energy retention will be enhanced by 40 percent.

Subaru has already confirmed the next Crosstrek will benefit from the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, along with the Boxer engine and the EyeSight technology. These will come on top of the platform described above, which seems to be a key point in the development of future models from this brand.

Along with the announcement regarding the discontinuation of the 2017 Crosstrek Hybrid, Subaru has reaffirmed its commitment to launch an all-electric model, which will be a crossover.

Furthermore, the brand plans to introduce plug-in hybrid cars in its portfolio, and all of the models described above will be built on the Subaru Global Platform.

While other automakers have long added hybrids to their offerings, and most of them are focused on electric cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and other variations, it is impressive to see an independent automaker like Subaru strive to put as many of these technologies on the market without support from a larger automotive group.
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