Subaru has pulled the plug on its Crosstrek Hybrid, announching that it will not return for the 2017 model year.
The Crosstrek Hybrid has been a slow seller ever since going on sale in North America back in 2012. It wasn’t a good value propisition, even by hybrid car standards, offering a mere 3mpg increase over its gas-powered sibling in city driving despite commanding approximately $5,000 more than the regular Crosstrek.
Its unsurprising discontinuation leaves Subaru without a hybrid in its lineup, but the automaker says it will bring gas-saving technology back in the near future. Jeff Walters, executive vice president of sales at Subaru of America, stated:
“It is important to note that we are not leaving the hybrid market permanently. We are currently working on a new hybrid vehicle, although it is too early to discuss specifics.”
Subaru’s next hybrid vehicle will be based on its latest Subaru Global Platform, which debuted earlier this year beneath the next-generation Impreza. Not only will the model be hybrid-compatible but the new platform will also allow it to accommodate a pure electric drivetrain.