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Seems way overpriced for having such a weak electric range. I know it's a plug-in hybrid and all, but still...

If this were a normal, Prius-style hybrid, priced around $30-32k, I'd be interested.
 

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Aren't they only making these to fulfill some requirement imposed by California in order for them to be able to sell cars there? They don't really want to sell these, they just need to offer them.
 

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From the linked article:

“But as much as most Crosstrek customers would love an electric Subie, they're likely to avoid this high price bracket, especially considering how efficient the regular car has become.”

Other than the buyer who walks into a showroom with his or her mind already made up to buy one of these, I’d guess the demand will be weak, at best.

Just like the previous hybrid Crosstrek model.

But if gas prices soar, who knows???
 

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Even with Euro gas prices (that will not happen here anytime soon), you will not be able to justify $7k price difference, not even close...

I fail to follow Subaru's logic... I though that they will offer Crosstrek hybrid for 2019, based on 2.0 engine and that for 2020 or later they may surprise us with Forester hybrid (since we don't get turbo) based on 2.5 engine.
The key was to balance fuel economy and performance gain with price premium vs regular model. I think that they failed miserably on this with Crosstrek but we can hope that they will learn their lesson and offer us better deal with Forester hybrid.
Toyota makes much better case for hybrid vs regular model on majority on their models since price premium is nowhere near $7k and they do offer noticeable performance upgrade at the same time.
But I wouldn't get Toyota for other reasons (starting with visibility)
 

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I noticed it says limited availability. It is probably like Pwersha said to fill some requirement. From what I have read, Subaru is planning on using the Toyota based hybrid system in an upcoming Forester type hybrid.
 

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Meh... With add-on's, we are looking at $40K... for that price, better off to get an EV.

BTW, here's Subaru's promo video.

 

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Seems way overpriced for having such a weak electric range. I know it's a plug-in hybrid and all, but still...

If this were a normal, Prius-style hybrid, priced around $30-32k, I'd be interested.
I visited today other European Subaru websites to see if they have some hints of coming Forester. Norwegian site was quite interesting. Seems that Europe gets "Toyota style hybrid" of XV (Crosstrek).

Subaru XV AWD - Prøvekjør den i dag

and then the technical specs:
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/...ybrid+teknisk+og+utstyrsspesifikasjoner+1.pdf
 

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I love the Crosstrek (non hybrid). I would love to see them put in the Non turbo 205 HP FA 2.0 engine. But that's a pipe dream. And actually I would love to see it in the Forester instead of the FB 2.5. I am guessing they are just not geared up to producing large numbers of it.
 

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Subaru may be counting on a tax credit that is given to new hybrids and EVs to help soften that price to the consumer (while not cutting corporate profits).
 

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I heard some upscale retired couples in a fancy chocolate shop/espresso bar a few weeks back much looking forward to this car. They were of the class who would normally be found in the finer European cars. The typical Forester owner is not the target market.
 
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