After three less-than-successful years on the market, Subaru is killing off its Crosstrek Hybrid.

With the arrival of the lightly-refreshed 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 (6,260 in Canada), according to GoodCarBadCar.

With a starting price of $30,495, the Crosstrek Hybrid only marginally improved on efficiency over the gas version. A return of 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres city / 6.9 L/100 km 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 9.1 L/100 km city / 7.0 L/100 km highway.

For 2017, the XV Crosstrek won’t change much. It will retain its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A new Crosstrek 火山Kazan Edition will only be available in 2017, and will have an MSRP of $26,495 with a five-speed manual, and $27,795 with a continuously variable transmission.

Expect the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek to arrive in November with a starting price of $24,995, which is the same as the lowest-price 2016 model. 

Source: CarsDirect

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