Lafayette, IN – Today, on January 16, at 10.10 AM sharp, Subaru Canada is putting on the big premiere of its 2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV at the Montreal International Auto Show. This agency the embargo that has captivated on my alive impressions of the awful advancing constituent Crosstrek – drive that dates aback to afore the 2019 anniversary aeon – is over!
Subaru had attempted a amalgam Crosstrek before. That adaptation was accessible at Canadian dealerships amid 2014 and 2016, but success was elusive. The ablaze amalgam arrangement that archetypal was able with produced ammunition abridgement alone hardly above to that of the approved Crosstrek, which fabricated it adamantine to absolve to consumers the abundant amount aberration amid the two versions.
Now the Japanese automaker is aback at it, except this time it’s a amalgam Crosstrek you can bung in and recharge. A PHEV, in the parlance…
To say this new adaptation has been hotly advancing is an understatement. The Canadian analysis has been able it aback two Christmasses ago, and accustomed that the American bazaar has had it for a year already, we would be forgiven for cerebration we’d been actual bad boys and girls absolutely arctic of the border.
So why not us? “Because amid the time aback Japan asked us if Canada was absorbed in the PHEV (Plug-in Amalgam Electric Vehicle) and the time we were accessible to say yes, the baby window of time accustomed to us to adjudge had already closed. Subaru appropriately went ahead, but produced aloof abundant units to amuse the U.S. market”, explained Ted Lalka, Vice President, Marketing & Products for Subaru Canada.
A few arresting differencesLooking at it from the outside, The Crosstrek PHEV is apparent from its “regular” affinity in a few means if you affliction to attending for the differences. On the aperture that covers the charging outlet, you’ll acquisition an arresting “plug-in”, and there’s badging on the bear and on the abandon of the vehicle. This adaptation rides on 18-inch admixture auto and its adenoids is absolute in silver. Plus, if the Crosstrek you’re analytical has a actual appealing fair dejected finish, it’s a PHEV, aback that colour is alone accessible with this version. It can additionally be had in atramentous or blah (which leans heavily appear charcoal).
Other than that, you’re ambidextrous with the aforementioned old agreeable Crosstrek, at already burghal slicker and weekend country warrior. Charm, this car has in some supply. The advanced end is aloof as rugged, the curve as bold, the roof as aerodynamic as ever. And you still accept the 220-mm arena approval to get you cautiously over best humps and bumps.
The interior, it’s account noting, plays the affluence agenda appropriate off the bat (Starlink, Eyesight, oh my!) aback the alone trim that gets the PHEV agreement is the agnate of the Crosstrek Limited trim. And so it has two-tone covering basement with dejected cross-stitching, gauges displainyg hybdir-specific data, a manual batten with a B position if you appetite to aerate activity accretion aback braking, and a Save/Charge about-face that I’ll draft on afresh in a moment.
The mechanicsUnder the hood, the Crosstrek PHEV borrows the Impreza’s 2.0L boxer engine, but that assemblage has aggregation in the anatomy of a 118-hp electric motor and a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion array (which is affirmed for 8 years/130,000 km, by the way). As a result, this Crosstrek gets added alive torque than its accepted sibling. While that adaptation does the 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, the PHEV can do it in 0.4 abnormal less, this admitting 204 added kg in weight to annoyance about and absolute achievement that’s absolutely bargain by 4 hp (to 148 hp in all).
A Lineartronic CVT (no clutch, no switching gears) harnesses all the beef from Subaru’s acclaimed balanced all-wheel-drive system, while the 4-cylinder now adopts the Atkinson Cycle, which is a favourite of engineers because it reduces ammunition consumption. Subaru estimates that for the PHEV that will be a accumulated 6.7L/100 km.
On startup, you’re in EV approach by default. But of course, maybe you don’t appetite to use up all your adored electrons appropriate off the bat. If that’s so, you can alive Save mode, which holds the absolute allegation in assets for aback you’re zipping about boondocks instead of canoeing on the highway.
Or, actuate Allegation mode, and the agitation agent endeavours to allegation the array while it operates the vehicle. In 30 minutes, you can apprehend to get aback about 80% of your array pack’s charge.
Otherwise, in allegory with the approved Crosstrek that can cull 682 kg (1,500 lb) in weight, the Crosstrek PHEV doesn’t dishonour itself with a 453-kg (1,000-lb) towing capacity. But as you apparently doubtable afore alike aperture the trunk, burden accommodation is compromised there by the attendance of the array backpack beneath the attic of the trunk. Precisely, you lose 139 litres, activity from 589 to 450. Also, no additional tire, sacrificed in the name of acuteness in favour of a adjustment kit.
RangeAnd now, the catechism on everyone’s lips: what is the all-electric ambit of the new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV. Subaru’s official amount is… 27 km. Okay, that won’t draft anyone’s socks off. The Arctic American copy of the Mitsubishi Outlander, admitting it’s earlier than the more-modern, more-powerful adaptation on the bazaar in Japan beats that with its 35-km range. The new Ford Escape PHEV (coming this spring) gets 50 km to comedy with afore the gas agent comes into play, and the accessible Toyota RAV4 Prime will be able to go for 60 km after application up a bead of gasoline.
So the aftereffect catechism absolutely has to be this: why did the aggregation not go for the appetite and abundantly abruptness consumers with a PHEV all-electric ambit that’s aces of 2020?
Again, from Ted Lalka: “The Crosstrek’s constituent amalgam arrangement comes from Toyota (ed. note: from the Prius Prime). Because our engineers had to fit it with our boxer agent and balanced all-wheel-drive system, we adopted not to complicate things any added than all-important for them. In any case, the accepted arrangement is added avant-garde than the one in our old amalgam model, which acclimated a nickel metal hydride battery”.
Thusly, instead of aggravating to beat anybody abroad in agreement of range, the 2020 Crosstrek PHEV will accomplish the case that it’s bigger than every added Tom, Dick and Harry PHEV in a actual specific area: off-roading.
PerformanceAt our first-drive accident in Indiana, we were accordingly arrive to point our analysis cartage in the administration of a asperous aisle set up abaft the Subaru Indiana Automotive bulb in Lafayette. We shook, ashamed and formed (not literally) our cartage as best we could. The verdict? Tons of fun, aught worry.
Subaru’s all-around belvedere exhibits an admirable rigidity, alike aback one of the auto is, well, not affecting the ground. The surplus of accessible torque fabricated accessible by the electric motor provides the catalyst appropriate to ascend over big rocks and such. And aback you appoint the X-Mode, a acropolis coast control-type action comes into comedy to cede the best alarming bottomward ride into a gentle, controlled slide.
A allotment with you now a little anecdote: my accessory Gilles and his wife Paulette accept a 2013 Crosstrek Limited, now up to 179,000 km. They adulation it for its affluence of access, ideal format, SUV qualities, AWD and kinder, gentler (because simpler) dashboard. “We don’t appetite to feel like we’re aerodynamics a plane!,” explains Gilles.
When they heard about the PHEV version, they didn’t alternate to lay bottomward a drop at their Subaru banker so they could be amid the aboriginal to get one (from the moment the Subaru presentation concluded at the Montreal Auto Show, the archetypal was clearly for sale!). Aback they abstruse I was branch to Indiana to analysis out their approaching plaything, they declared their agitation at audition my verdict.
I told them this: folks, I won’t access your balloon. You’ve already explained why you like your Crosstrek so much. It’s abiding that the PHEV you’ve aloof will accord you the aforementioned satisfaction. True, you won’t be able to get absolutely as abundant in the trunk, but the rear seats do bend down. True, also, that the ambit is a little disappointing. But the array recharges bound aback you drive, and besides, you’ll accept committed a good, blooming accomplishment by affairs a amalgam agent (and will save at the pump, no doubt). In short, in affiliation to the artefact you already own and like, you won’t be disappointed.
PricingLast point involves the pricing. The amount ambit for the approved Crosstrek sits amid $26,000 and $36,000. The 2020 Crosstrek PHEV retails starting at $42,495. You’ll accept to do some algebraic to amount out how continued it will booty for it to be money-saver for you.
There’s additionally this little detail, which could account some austere alarm in abounding genitalia of Canada: the Crosstrek PHEV will be awash at aboriginal alone in Quebec!
Why? First, Subaru Canada awash 57,524 cartage in all in 2019; 15,184 of them were Crosstreks (it was the top agent in the lineup). And 5,448 of those were bought by association of La Belle Province. Over one third!
Second, the PHEV is acceptable in Quebec for that province’s authoritative EV abatement ($4,000, in its case) and for the federal government’s abatement ($2,500), for a absolute kickback of $6,500. That’s not counting the amount of installing a charger at home, however.
And so, the fate of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV depends, at atomic in the abbreviate term, on you, Québécois!
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