Subaru is set to introduce a new plug-in hybrid model this year, according to a report by Automotive News. The PHEV will be followed by an all-electric vehicle in 2021, as part of the company’s plan to introduce electrified models – something that is absent from its current range.

While it may have an in-house electrification project, the carmaker will still rely on its partnership with major shareholder Toyota to develop the powertrains. “For our plug-in hybrid to be introduced this year, we have used Toyota’s technologies as much as possible,” said chief technical officer, Takeshi Tachimori.

Subaru’s plug-in hybrid system will be largely derived from one used in the Toyota Prius Prime, albeit with a revisions. For instance, Subaru’s boxer engine will be employed instead of a transversely mounted Toyota powerplant.

This push for electrification comes in light of more demanding emissions regulations, and collaborating is another necessity due to Subaru’s modest size and limited budget. “We can’t engage in a large-scale development,” said Tachimori.

Details on what model will be the first to debut the plug-in hybrid powertrain are scarce for now, but it should be underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform. The architecture, which is used for the latest Impreza and XV, is capable of handling conventional, hybrid and electric powertrains.