Subaru enters the EV market with a compact crossover Solterra. It was created in partnership with Toyota and it’s tightly related to the bZ4X, nevertheless, Subaru added distinctive features. Let’s take a closer look.
Solterra has a long wheelbase with short overhangs in the front and back. Appearance defines the Solterra as an electric vehicle at first look because of its plastic-cladding side that extends beyond the wheel arches up the front fenders to flank a body-color hexagonal grille. In the back, awnings are located above the glass roof and complicated multi-element lights. By the way, the roof is made from a whole piece of glass and lights up over both front and back seats.
Interior reminds the indoor design of the van: it has a small dashboard and similar seating arrangement. In the center of the dash sits a 12.3-inch screen with a wireless smartphone connection. The cabin is made from soft-touch light material and makes it look bright and spacious.
Solterra is powered by two electric motors with 215 h.p. Battery capacity is 71.4kWh and that's enough for 460 km of driving for the front-wheel-drive Solterra and 530 km for the all-wheel-drive one. The Solterra is equipped with X-mode — special technology that controls each wheel individually. X-mode provides fine grip on the uneven surface and makes the trip safer even in off-road situations. It has three modes: Eco, Normal, and Power. A driver has to choose the needed mode with the steering wheel paddles depending on the type of road.
"The EV market is not mature yet, so we will respond to it by deepening our cooperation with Toyota," Subaru CEO Tomomi Nakamura said during a launch event. In its turn, Toyota is planning to launch 15 EVs by 2025.
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