Subaru of America announced the Crosstrek Hybrid will no longer be part of the model lineup for 2017. Like other Subaru models, overall Crosstrek sales have continued to grow. But the Hybrid variant, which costs nearly $5,000 more than a base model and delivers relatively modest mpg gains has historically accounted for less than 10 percent of its total volume. Although this subcompact AWD soft-roader was the first hybrid offered by the automaker, Jeff Walters, executive VP of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. hastened to note it won’t be the last. “We are currently working on a new hybrid vehicle, although it is too early to discuss specifics.”

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Details about the firm’s next-gen hybrid are limited, but we do know it will be based on the new Subaru Global Platform that is being introduced on the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza. This stronger and more rigid architecture is designed to accommodate conventional Boxer-engine/Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive powertrains as well as a full spectrum of hybrid, plug-in and full-electric variants. Whether Subaru’s upcoming hybrid also gets spun from the next-gen Crosstrek -- which was previewed in Geneva as the XV Concept and is expected to arrive for the 2018 model year – remains to be seen.

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