Subaru's maiden excursion into the realm of all-electric vehicles is a significant one, and we don't mean that in a figurative sense. Because California is one of the country's greatest markets for electric vehicles, Subaru picked the Los Angeles Auto Show to debut the Solterra in the United States.
The EV, which will be on sale in the middle of next year, was co-developed with the Toyota bZ4X and has a similar look. The front fascia of the Solterra, on the other hand, is more classic, with a fully enclosed grille flanked by LED headlights and large fog lights.
The Subaru Solterra, which was co-developed with Toyota, is a full-fat EV wrapped in a five-passenger SUV body that stands out from the crowd.
The front fascia of the Solterra is more classic, with a fully enclosed grille flanked by LED headlights and large fog lights.
The rest of the design is nearly identical to the bZ4X, with the exception of altered badging and distinctive taillights on the Solterra. A split spoiler connects them, as do features like roof rails and a panoramic glass roof.
It has a hefty steering wheel and a freestanding digital instrument cluster on the interior. Subaru, on the other hand, announced that the crossover will be available with a 12.3-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The vehicle will also feature a load capacity of up to 850 liters, which can be increased by folding the back seats down.
While the Japanese Solterra is available with both front and all-wheel drive, the US-spec vehicle is only available with the latter. A pair of electric motors, one for each axle, deliver power to the ground on the Solterra. Each motor produces 107 horsepower, for a total output of 215 horsepower and 336 Nm of torque.
It also has the AWD X-Mode system, which can be used on a variety of terrain and is strengthened by the new Grip Control function, which adds extra stability at high speeds.
The Solterra gets its power from a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives the SUV a range of about 460 kilometers. Fast-charging technology, according to the business, would allow the battery to be charged to 80% in less than an hour.
The dimensions are identical to Toyota's, measuring 4,690 millimeters long, 1,860 millimeters broad, and 1,650 millimeters height. The Solterra weighs in at 2,020 kg.
Beginning in mid-2022, Subaru will sell the Solterra in a variety of markets throughout the world. Pricing will be revealed closer to the time of sale.