Subaru presents its debut electric car Solterra

Subaru presents its debut electric car Solterra

Subaru has now officially unveiled its first electric model, the Solterra. The e-SUV shares a platform and technology with Toyota's first BEV model, the bZ4X, and is set to launch in Japan, the US, Canada, Europe and China from mid-2022.

To know what the Solterra can do, just take a look at the performance specs of Toyota's sister model that we've already published: for example, Subaru's electric mid-size SUV, which weighs around 2 tons, will also be available with either a 150 kW front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive system that combines two e-motors with 80 kW each. The battery pack has an energy content of 71.4 kWh and is said to allow WLTP ranges of around 530 (front-wheel drive) or 460 kilometers (all-wheel drive).

Maximum DC charging power is similarly stated at 150 kW, with a charge to 80 percent expected to take around 30 minutes. For AC charging, an onboard 6.6 kW charger is available from the factory. It is not clear from the accompanying company statement whether a three-phase 11 kW onboard charger will be offered as an option for the five-seat Subaru SUV next year, as it is for the bZ4X.

The Solterra's visual proximity to the bZ4X is also striking, according to the press images released so far. Not only are the dimensions identical (4,690 mm x 1,860 mm x 1,600 mm with a wheelbase of 2,850 mm), but the design is also very similar. Both feature the same proportions, roof and rear spoilers, similarly slim headlamps, a sleek horizontal cooling grille and accents separated in black.