Pardon our soliloquy in the eulogy.
Subaru confirmed Wednesday that the 2016 Crosstrek Hybrid won't make it in to 2017.
According to a Subaru spokesman, the hybrid model accounted for roughly 5,000 sales each year since it was introduced in 2014 (when it was known as the XV Crosstrek Hybrid). Last year, Subaru sold roughly 90,000 Crosstrek models in the U.S.
The hybrid version added a 10-kilowatt electric motor and 0.6-kwh battery to the system that slightly improved mileage in the small crossover. The EPA rated the Crosstrek Hybrid at 29 mpg city, 33 highway, 31 combined, while the regular Crosstrek was rated at 26/33/29 mpg. In our real-world testing, we found that the hybrid had very little impact in fuel economy.
That's not to say that the idea is gone forever. Subaru confirmed to us that the next-generation Impreza platform—from which the new Crosstrek will be developed—was designed to incorporate hybrid, plug-in, and fully electric powertrains. We don't have a word on when those will be available on the market (our friends at Green Car Reports have reported as early as 2021) but Subaru says they're coming.
For now, we'll remember the Crosstrek Hybrid for what it was: the mean, kinda-green machine that lasted three years.
Alas, poor Crosstrek Hybrid, we knew it well.