Subaru unveils all-electric Solterra SUV in Japan, ahead of U.S. debut
Subaru, the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Subaru Corporation, has unveiled its all-new, fully-electric Solterra SUV in Japan, ahead of its US market debut later this month. The fully-electric Solterra SUV has been designed and developed by Subaru in partnership with Toyota, and its formal US debut is scheduled for 17th of November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The main goal of the company was to create an efficient and practical EV with all-wheel drive (AWD) system so that existing Subaru customers can get the feeling that it is a Subaru vehicle in the real term. Visually, the all-electric Subaru Solterra SUV looks like the Toyota bZ4X, which was introduced around a couple of weeks ago. The technical specs are also almost the same as the e-Subaru Global Platform is a joint project (JV) and a common platform to the Toyota e-TNGA.
The new EV will be launched in two versions, at least in Japan—the front-wheel drive version that will come equipped with a 150 kW synchronous e-motor and a dual motor, and the aforementioned all-wheel drive version that will have two 80 kW motors. Both versions will have 71.4 kWh battery packs, just like in the case of the Toyota bZ4X.
The only visible difference between the two EVs is terms of the range. While the FWD version of the new EV will deliver a range of around 530 km (roughly 329 miles) on a single charge, the Toyota vehicle is capable of delivering a range of around 500 km (311 miles).
More precisely, the Subaru Solterra specs (FWD version for the Japanese market) includes WLTC cruising range of around 530 km, 71.4-kWh battery (355 V, liquid cooled), AC synchronous e-motor, peak system output of 150 kW, on-board AC charging 6.6 kW, DC fast charging up to 150 kW (up to 80% in around 30 minutes), heat pump-type air-conditioning, and e-Subaru Global Platform.
The AWD version has almost the same specs and features, except the battery pack. It will come equipped with a 71.4-kWh battery that will offer a WLTC cruising range of around 460 km (286 miles). In addition, it will boasts dual motor all-wheel drive with two 80 kW AC synchronous e-motors.
The Tokyo-headquartered Japanese manufacturer has plans to launch the electric SUV in mid-2022 in various markets of the world, including Japan, North American (Canada and the U.S.), China, and Europe.