Crosstrek Hybrid DOA: Subaru Cuts an Underperformer From Its Lineup
It may have replaced Volvo wagons and Saab 900s in the driveways of the middle to upper-middle class, but Subaru couldn’t get its growing customer base to cosy up to its lone hybrid model.
Amid slow sales, Subaru has decided to cut the Crosstrek Hybrid loose, Cars Direct reports. The slightly greener variant disappears for the 2017 model year, meaning the automaker’s lineup returns to strictly gas-only offerings.
While the hybrid model has been declared dead at the tender age of three, production of the regular Crosstrek five-door continues, allowing buyers to take their Impreza to new heights (of ground clearance).
The Crosstrek Hybrid faced a simple issue, and it was all about economy. The 13-horsepower electric motor connected to the stock 2.0-liter four-cylinder warranted a nearly $5,000 premium, and the fuel economy gain was no screaming hell. The hybrid model returned an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while a CVT-equipped Crosstrek returns 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
The slight combined mileage boost (2 mpg) clearly had buyers wondering why they should bother. Subaru went to the trouble of designing the hybrid system in-house, but its engineers are probably already focused on the Next Big Thing, which likely won’t be a hybrid (unless it’s a plug-in). Crosstrek sales remain healthy, so no one’s hurting in Tokyo over the loss of the model’s deadweight brother.
A redesigned Crosstrek should arrive for the 2018 model year.
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