Subaru’s first plug-in-hybrid will debut this year. It will reportedly be called ‘Evoltis’, and is expected to source many tech from Toyota. The Japanese manufacture has refused to comment on the name though, and we will have to wait till the latter part of this year for further confirmation.
The ‘Evoltis’ was patented in US under the 1B code (intend to use). While this is a strong indicator, it could also mean something entirely different like a charging system or a new electric line-up in general.
Subaru Evoltis- what is it?
The Evoltis is a plug-in-hybrid crossover that Subaru intends to bring out this year. In order to comply with California’s ZEV requirements, the company should bring out a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) this year. That’s great and all, but what’s surprising is the choice of segment. Most manufacturer’s usually start with a sedan or hatchback for their first PHEV. These are usually more efficient and improve ZEV credit in states where it is mandatory.
CUV sales have been showing promising growth in recent times and that’s probably one reason why they want to go in this direction. Also, they want a spiritual successor to the Crosstrek.
The Toyota connection
Subaru CTO, Mr. Takeshi Tachimori said in one of his earlier interviews that the upcoming PHEV uses some of Toyota’s tech. This is not surprising as the latter has been making hybrids for a long time and are very advanced in this aspect.
Given Subaru’s love for AWDs, the Prius’s All-wheel drive system is expected to be a part of the Evoltis. Hybrid technology will be lifted from the Prius Prime, among other things.
Note: The Prius Prime has an all-electric range of 25 mpg and combined of 54 mpg. Being a crossover, the Evoltis will be heavier and less aerodynamic, and this could lead to some reduction in these numbers.
For those who don’t know, this Toyota-Subaru partnership is not new. Toyota already owns a good part of Subaru, and has voice in most of their technical decisions. The companies even developed a rear-wheel drive sportscar together, and depending on the market, sells as either Toyota 86 or the Subaru BRZ.
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*not actual pictures of the Subaru Evoltis