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 revealed only a dark silhouette of the Solterra, so we’re uncertain of its more intimate design details. However, we know it’ll be a compact crossover – likely around the size of a RAV4 – with hard angles on the hood, a large front grille, and angular LED headlights. Toyota gave us a full glimpse of its variant, the bZ4X EV, in concept form, but we don’t expect Subaru to bring in the design extremes it boasted.
Inside, a lot remains unknown. Looking to the Toyota version for clues, we could expect a large infotainment screen, a clean dash setup, and a floating center console design. However, Subaru may decide to go with a full clean sheet for its interior 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. There are no details on potential output, Solterra battery capacity, or EV driving range.
Safety gear also 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 says the 2023 Solterra will go on sale in mid-2022.
Pictured: 2023 Subaru Solterra EV