First came the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86) siblings. Now, Toyota and Subaru are at it again with a new joint venture that’ll result in a new ride for each brand. This time, it’ll be an electric crossover that’ll carry the Solterra name when donning a Subaru badge. Here’s what we know about the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV so far.
Subaru has now revealed photos of the Japanese-market version of the Solterra, so while we’re uncertain of its more intimate details, we can see what this compact crossover looks like. With hard angles on the hood, a large front grille, and angular LED headlights, this SUV can be described as somewhat edgy. Toyota gave us a full glimpse of its variant, the bZ4X EV, and Subaru brought in a lot of the same design it boasted.
Inside, the Solterra seats five. Looking at the bZ4X, there aren't too many differences between the vehicles. The Solterra has the same large touchscreen, a clean dash setup, and a raised center console design.
Powering the 2023 Solterra will be Subaru’s first-ever dedicated electric platform, the e-Subaru platform – yay for creativity, Scoobie. Toyota will use the same platform, which will combine Toyota’s expertise in electrification with Subaru’s all-wheel-drive knowledge. Under a Toyota badge, the platform will carry a slightly more creative e-TNGA name. The Solterra has a pair of electric motors that generate 107 horsepower each. The SUV is powered by a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives a range of about 285 miles. This is for the Japanese version of the car, however, so the American-market version may be lower.
Safety gear remains a mystery, but Subaru has become a leader in this area, so we expect a full range of standard stay-safe bits, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive headlights, and more.
Pricing & Release Date
Subaru will debut this American model on November 17th, and the 2023 Solterra will go on sale in mid-2022.
Pictured: 2023 Subaru Solterra EV