The Solterra will be Subaru’s first electric vehicle
It is closely related to the Toyota BZ4X, with which it shares most of its appearance
The latest image shows the Solterra driving on a dirt road
Subaru will reveal its very first electric vehicle during the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17.
Until then, Subaru released a new teaser picture of the EV driving on a dirt road, a familiar environment to many Subaru drivers.
The picture shows the wheel caked in mud and the black plastic fender liner that extends up to the headlight, a feature shared with the Toyota BZ4X.
In fact, the Solterra shares most of its appearance with Toyota’s first EV since the two companies have worked together on the projects.
Some visual differences are expected between the two models, mainly specific headlamps and taillamps and a distinctive grille treatment.
Subaru hasn’t released the specifications for the Solterra, but Toyota has released information regarding the BZ4X and since the models are so closely related, the same mechanical elements are expected.
Thus, the Solterra will carry a 71.4 kWh battery that can be charged from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes by using a 150-kW charger.
Unlike the Toyota, the Solterra will only be available with AWD, since this feature is a hallmark of the company. This system produces 214 horsepower in the Toyota and that figure will likely remain true for the Solterra.
The AWD BZ4X has been given a 285-mile (459 kilometer) range rating by the Japanese testing method. Results will vary when the EPA tests the vehicle, but the Solterra and the BZ4X should have the same range when equipped similarly.
We don’t know yet if the Subaru will make use of all of the new technology Toyota will integrate in the BZ4X, such as Steer-by-wire.
This system will be controlled with a yoke, similar to the one Tesla uses in the Model S, but unlike the American company, Toyota will adjust the steering ration accordingly, meaning drivers won’t have to turn the yoke multiple turns in order to achieve maximum steering angle.
The Solterra should go on sale in mid-to-late 2022 as a 2023 model.