While green vehicles are continuously on the rise around the world, there are still losers in the segment – this is the way of human life – and one of them is the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
The model has had a run of just three unsuccessful years and while the newly updated XV Crosstrek is arriving as a 2017 model year, the top-trim Crosstrek hybrid is getting a ticket into retirement. Though the regular model is successful, the hybrid had poor sales and so decided to end its “misery”. With a starting price of $27,245, the Crosstrek Hybrid was not that fuel efficient anyways: 30 mpg city / 34 mpg highway wasn’t exactly great when considering the low gas prices and more than $5,000 premium over the gas-powered version which in its own right achieved a rather impressive 26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway.
The 2017 XC Crosstrek – the regular one – will have subtle changes compared to its predecessor, packing the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 145 pound-feet (196 newton-meter) of torque. There’s a new Premium Special Edition in lieu of the hybrid, priced from $26,670. It will have dark grey 17-inch alloy wheels, a black and red theme inside and some black exterior badging. There’s an 8.7-inch ground clearance and the Starlink infotainment system, as well as novelties such as push-button start and blind spot detection.