Subaru has announced a name for its brand new all-electric SUV. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is the exciting result of a crossover project with Toyota. The new EV’s design benefits from both makers’ expertise. There haven’t been many details released, but some insights paint an informed picture of the exciting release.
The 2023 Solterra is a joint venture with Toyota
Where Subaru rules in AWD, Toyota has an award-winning history in the hybrid vehicle market. Toyota has long been called the king of hybrid cars. The Toyota Prius put hybrid vehicles on the map. Since then, Toyota has expanded its hybrid offerings and is now releasing its own all-electric SUV.
The maker has expanded its focus to the all-electric market. The upcoming Toyota BZ4X shares the same all-new EV platform that the Solterra is built on. Both vehicles are exciting additions to the upcoming wave of EV crossovers and SUVs.
Photos of the BZ4X show a roomy and comfortable-looking interior. It’s possible that the Solaterra could share the same spacious cabin. Buyers can certainly expect a Subaru suspension to deliver a smooth ride. These new non-luxury EV SUV options may offer stiff competition to brands like Tesla.
Standard all-wheel drive won’t disappoint Subaru fans
The name Subaru is synonymous with AWD. Many fans feel the brand has the best AWD technology on the market. Subaru AWD systems have fewer moving parts than other brands. This means fewer breakdowns and more reliability.
Subaru’s systems are unique. They’re lighter than other AWD systems, which means less power drain. Electric vehicles depend on keeping weight light, making Subaru’s AWD technology a perfect fit for an EV. More information is needed to accurately assess the SUV’s suitability for off-roading and extreme-weather driving.
While prospective buyers wait for exact specifications to be released, Subaru has made some commitments. The New EV will boast state-of-the-art safety technology, all-weather dependability, and Subaru’s trusted reliability.
Details are light but some assumptions can be made
Subaru is keeping the exact details of the Solterra under wraps, but there is a rational basis for some speculation. It’s safe to assume the EV will have a competitive range with other models in its class. The Subaru Solterra will likely have a range at or above 250 miles to compete with cars like the Mustang Mach E.
Subaru has focused its releases about the Solterra on the EVs AWD technology. The Solterra will likely have both rear and front motors to power all four wheels. Even though Subaru makes lightweight AWD systems, the feature puts more power drain on a vehicle. The battery range has not been released, but it will need to compensate for the size and power of the SUV.
The brand new e-Subaru Global Platform is a dedicated all-electric architecture. It’s based on the Subaru Global Platform, so named as it was designed to serve all body types and powertrains. Details on how the platform was tailored for the Solterra are yet to be released.