After three less-than-successful years on the market, Subaru is killing off its Crosstrek Hybrid.
With the arrival of the lightly refreshed XV Crosstrek for the 2017 model year, Subaru is parting ways with its top-trim Crosstrek hybrid. The company cites poor sales for the discontinuation, even with the success of the non-hybrid model. In 2016 alone, Subaru has already sold 68,774 examples, according to GoodCarBadCar.
With a starting price of $27,245, the Crosstrek Hybrid only marginally improved on efficiency over the gas version. A return of 30 mpg city / 34 mpg highway wasn’t enough to command a more than $5,000 premium for most buyers — especially when the gas-powered version returns an already impressive 26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway.
For 2017, the XV Crosstrek won’t change much. It will retain its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 145 pound-feet (196 newton-meter) of torque. A new Premium Special Edition will take the place of the hybrid version and command a similar price tag of around $26,670 — $2,300 up from the current Premium trim.
That Premium Special Edition will tack on aesthetics like dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels, a black and red theme throughout the cabin, and even black exterior badging. Things like the 8.7-inch ground clearance and the Starlink infotainment system will carry over, of course, and the addition of a push-button start and blind spot detection will be a first for the crossover.
Expect the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek to arrive in November with a starting price of $22,570, a $125 increase over the previous year.