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First Look At the Subaru Solterra EV - Is This Subaru’s Future?

For now, Subaru has unveiled only the Japan-spec Solterra; U.S.-spec model to debut on November 17

Subaru has taken the wraps off the Japan-spec Solterra EV. The Solterra has been developed with Toyota and will be the Subaru version of the bZ4x SUV. The company didn’t spill all the beans yet, but it gives us a preview of what to expect from the U.S.-spec Solterra that debuts on November 17 ahead of the L.A. Auto Show.

The Solterra Is Offered In An AWD Guise

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Both the models will draw power from a 71.4 kWh battery pack. As per the WLTC cycle, the FWD model will have a range of 329 miles and the AWD model will have a range of 286 miles

The Japan-spec Solterra will be offered in a front-wheel-drive and an all-wheel-drive layout, but the U.S.-spec model, in all likelihood, will be an AWD-only affair. The automaker’s first global battery-electric vehicle rides on the e-Subaru Global Platform that’s jointly developed with Toyota. This is a BEV-specific platform and will underpin future EVs as well.

The single motor setup powers the front wheels exclusively. It puts out 201 horses. The dual-motor setup, on the other hand, comes with one motor on each axle and makes 215 ponies combined. These are the same outputs as the bZ4x. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that the torque figures would be the same, too. The Toyota version makes 195 pound-feet of torque in the FWD model and 248 pound-feet in the AWD version.

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The performance specs for the Solterra aren’t provided either, but we have them for the Toyota bZ4x. The FWD model takes 8.4 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill, whereas the AWD model takes 7.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 99 mph in both cases.

2023 Subaru Solterra specifications
Powertrain Single electric motor Dual electric motor
Output 201 HP 215 HP
Torque 195 LB-FT 248 LB-FT
Battery Pack 71.4 kWh 71.4 kWh
0 to 60 mph 8.4 seconds 7.7 seconds
Top Speed 99 mph 99 mph

71.4 kWh Battery Pack Is The Only Option

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Both the models will be offered with a 71.4 kWh battery pack. As per the WLTC rating, the AWD model will deliver up to 286 miles (460 kms) of range, whereas the FWD model can take you around 329 miles (530 kms) before dying. Subaru didn’t provide the charging times, but noted that the Solterra will support AC charging up to 6.6 kW and DC fast-charging up to 150 kW. Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest the SUV can be recuperated to 100-percent in under 12 hours when plugged into an AC charging port and in around half an hour when plugged into a DC fast-charging station.

How Is It On The Outside and Inside?

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The Subaru Solterra will support AC charging up to 6.6 kW and DC fast-charging up to 150 kW

The Solterra is to Subaru what the bZ4x is to Toyota. So, it goes without saying that they look very similar to each other. The Solterra comes with a busy face, a sharp side profile, and a chiseled rear. The front-wheel-drive Solterra will come with 18-inch wheels wrapped around 235/60 section tires. The all-wheel-drive model will be offered with the same set as standard, but can be upgraded to 20-inch wheels shod in 235/50 section rubber.

As for the measurements, the Solterra is 184.6 inches (4,690 mm) long, 73.2 inches (1,860 mm) wide, and 65 inches (1,650 mm) tall. The wheelbase measures 112.2 inches (2,850 mm) and the ground clearance is rated at 8.3 inches (210 mm). The FWD version weighs around 4,255 pounds and the AWD version around 4,453 pounds.

2023 Subaru Solterra exterior dimensions
Length 184.6 inches (4,690 mm)
Width 73.2 inches (1,860 mm)
Height 65 inches (1,650 mm)
Wheelbase 112.2 inches (2,850 mm)
Ground clearance 8.3 inches (210 mm)
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The cabin is also nearly identical to the bZ4x’s. Subaru hasn’t given a whole lot of specifics, but the touchscreen system will support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Since the SUV comes with steer-by-wire tech, it frees up a lot of space in the center console. Subaru has sculpted it in a way to make it an additional storage space. The upholstery and theme options should be revealed closer to launch.

Conclusion

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The single-motor setup powers the front wheels, whereas the dual-motor setup powers all four wheels. The FWD model makes 201 HP and the AWD dual-motor setup puts out 215 HP combined

The Subaru Solterra will arrive in mid-2022 in Japan, Canada, China, Europe, and the U.S. As stated earlier, the U.S.-spec Solterra will be revealed on November 17 and will be on display at the L.A. Auto Show.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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