After the complete redesign of the current edition, we can’t expect huge moves by 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. The subcompact SUV is very successful, and the model for 2018 will cement the spot among top vehicles in the segment. Next season, the crossover is going to see some small cosmetic updates. Few new colors will do the job outside. Updates of the infotainment system are the biggest in the cabin.
Furthermore, the engine lineup could suffer the most modifications. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek will get a hybrid and plug-in variants. No electric SUV is in the plan yet. The existing engine delivers enough power, so the Crosstrek will stick up to 2.0-liter unit. We can see turbo version as well.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Engine Specs
So, under the hood of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is a 2.0-liter inline-four powertrain. For the base SUV, it is good for 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and automatic CVT. However, not both are available for all trim levels. The SUV is ready for an off-road adventure since it comes exclusively with AWD drive. Gas mileage remains impressive with 33 mpg return for a highway drive with an automatic gearbox.
Return of Hybrid or PHEV Model
In 2016 we could see the hybrid drivetrain in Crosstrek SUV. However, the company soon decides to cut it from the lineup. Slow sales and high price without getting too many mpg in return are the main reason for axing it. However, the idea remains there and the hybrid returns with 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.
Nevertheless, it is still not quite sure if it is going to be a classic hybrid or the plug-in variant. Experts believe we are closer to the second variant. Subaru is planning to electrify its entire lineup in next couple of years, and the Crosstrek could be the first SUV to get a PHEV drive system.
According to the first information, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek will be closely related to Toyota Prius. Similar concepts are in the mix, so we can compare outputs. If that happens, the Crosstrek PHEV will return 133 MPGe or 54 of conventional miles per gallon. Only with electric power, the subcompact vehicle will be able to go 25 miles. Batteries recharge in just six hours using the standard power outlet.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Expectations
With such big plans, we can see the way Subaru is going. Electric vehicles are the future, and the Japanese carmaker wants to be sure they are there. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid was just a first step. Now, its successor, PHEV model, takes everything to another level. Everything should peak with an EV model in few years.
The plug-in hybrid will be the first version of 2019 Subaru Crosstrek to arrive. The crossover for 2018 is out and based on it, PHEV will debut by the end of this year. This is confirmed information. But, the company is not unveiling the exact launching date or place. This should happen on some big car show since the popularity of Subaru crossovers is raising. We could witness the growth of new Forester and Outback.