In a world where a lot of all-electric crossovers seem to be the same, the 2023 Subaru Solterra is set to stand out from the crowd. While it may be lacking in some of the features that other EV models offer, the Solterra is ready for something that many EV crossover models are not ready for. And that is the ability to handle some off-road duty. The Subaru Solterra was developed through a partnership between Subaru and Toyota. But, the Subaru model will have legitimate off-road capability.
What is the 2023 Subaru Solterra?
The Subaru Solterra is a new EV from the Subaru brand. It was developed between Toyota and Subaru and will offer the utility that the Subaru brand is known for. That includes all-wheel drive, 8.3 inches of ground clearance, and a fairly adventurous look.
These features will help this Subaru EV stand out from the competition. And that is because most electric crossovers aren’t really focused on off-road performance. The Solterra will share its platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Lexus RZ 450e, which shows that these brands have confidence in the newly developed platform.
Will the Subaru Solterra be good off-road?
While not as rugged as something like the Jeep Wrangler, the 2023 Solterra will offer some utility. It will come standard with AWD and ample ground clearance. It also will offer 215 horsepower and 249 pound-foot of torque, and that is something that is likely to be appreciated.
The estimated range for the Subaru Solterra is somewhere north of 200 miles. This should be enough to reduce range anxiety, but it is not as much as the Kia EV6 offers. Where the Subaru makes up for this shortcoming, is in its capability. Its 8.3 inches of ground clearance is more than most of the competition. Lending itself to light trail duty or a vehicle that is ready for a camping adventure.
Additionally, the new Solterra will feature Subaru’s off-road assist mode. This system keeps the transmission in a lower gear, which helps when handling things like snow or rough terrain.
How much will the new Solterra cost?
Subaru has not yet announced official pricing of the Subaru Solterra. We expect it to have an entry price of $40,000. But, because this model is an EV, it will be able to qualify for a Federal Tax Rebate. Which means some price reduction on your purchase. Once pricing is revealed, we will provide an update.
According to MotorTrend, all Solterra models that have been produced for 2022 have already been sold. So, if you are interested in Subaru’s new EV crossover, you will likely have to wait until 2023 to buy one from a dealership.
The Subaru Solterra marks a new win for EV models
The new Subaru Solterra proves that EVs can be utilitarian, and don’t have to be limited to on-road use. It would not be surprising if Subaru begins to offer a more rugged version in the future through its Wilderness lineup. But for now, the new Solterra still offers AWD, 8.3 inches of ground clearance, and the quirkiness that Subaru is known for.