On May 11, Subaru officially announced the name of its first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Solterra. The novelty will go on sale in mid-2022 in key markets: Japan, North America, Europe and China.
The name Solterra is derived from two Latin words: sol (“sun”) and terra (“earth”).
Solterra is an electric crossover that was developed in collaboration with Toyota. The car will be built on the e-Subaru Global Platform architecture (Toyota calls it e-TNGA). The two companies also worked on this platform together.
Electric vehicles based on this architecture can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Declared support for a wide range of electric motors and batteries. The e-SGP / e-TNGA platform has a fixed distance from the front axle to the engine shield, as well as the width of the fasteners for the battery, front and rear electric motors.
Virtually no characteristics of the Subaru Solterra have been disclosed yet. Subaru spoke only about the availability of all-wheel drive, so the new family will also include twin-engine modifications.
So far, only two images of the future novelty have been published. In one photo, you can see the general silhouette of the new electric SUV, the shape of the side windows and the design of the head optics. On the second – a fragment of the trunk lid and rear lamp.
In turn, Toyota is also preparing the first production model on a joint platform for the premiere. It is now presented as a prototype bZ4X. It’s a crossover the size of a RAV4.