Subaru is gearing up to release its first plug-in hybrid later this year in the U.S. and we may now have a clue what it will be called – Evoltis. Last month Subaru filed a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Evoltis name.
While we know that Subaru has trademarked the name Evoltis, what we don’t know is if it is the name for its new plug-in hybrid or just the hybrid system. Subaru may also not even use the name, since the filing was given code 1B, which means “intent to use.”
While we wait to find out if the Evoltis name will be used for Subaru’s new plug-in hybrid, we do already know that the hybrid powertrain will be borrowed from Toyota. Subaru chief technical officer Takeshi Tachimori revealed earlier this year that it “used Toyota’s technologies as much as possible” for the plug-in hybrid. Which means that it will likely be borrowed from the Prius Prime.
Subaru hasn’t revealed which model will get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it will likely either be the Crosstrek or new Forester.
Source: Car and Driver