A new member of the Subaru SUV family has joined the battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) class.
In developing the SOLTERRA, the brand's first battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) to be marketed worldwide, Subaru aims to meet various customer expectations for BEVs and to build this vehicle in a comfortable and convenient way that will be the cornerstone of Subaru's future BEVs. aimed to make it a useful tool that its customers can choose with confidence. As a Subaru SUV model, Subaru also aimed to make it so that existing customers could truly feel it as a Subaru.
Adorned with the new features that a BEV can offer and the "pleasure and peace of mind" value that Subaru has developed over many years, SOLTERRA is built with environmentally friendly equipment as a true SUV that can be driven in peace like the current Subaru SUV models.
Exterior and interior features of the vehicle:
・ The perfectly designed hexagonal grille expresses the energy efficiency of an electric vehicle (BEV). The body with a horizontal axis starting from the hexagonal grille and the protruding dynamic fenders reveal the power of the vehicle as an SUV.
・ A first for Subaru, the low-positioned instrument cluster and top-mounted meters create a spacious interior located on the instrument panel and visible over the steering wheel.
e-SUBARU Global Platform
・ The e-Subaru Global Platform was developed together with Toyota Motor Corporation as a platform exclusive to BEVs, using know-how from the Subaru Global Platform, known for its superior efficiency.
・ The e-Subaru Global Platform provides a driving experience that provides high stability, a handling that responds linearly to the driver's steering movements, and offers superior driving dynamics.
・ High-capacity battery units are placed on the floor of the vehicle as it is a BEV vehicle, and the battery is used as a part of the overall structure, providing low center of gravity, high body strength and rigidity.
Driving Performance/AWD System
・SOLTERRA uses a new system that drives the front and rear wheels with separate motors. Leveraging SUBARU's expertise in AWD technology, which precisely controls all four wheels, and the agile response of electric motors and the flexible propulsion power distribution between front and rear, SOLTERRA takes full advantage of the handling provided by all-wheel drive and drives with confidence and peace of mind. offers the opportunity.
・ Like other SUBARU SUV models, the SOLTERRA is equipped with the X-MODE AWD control system, which increases the feeling of safety on bumpy or rough roads. The off-road capability has been further strengthened by adding the new Grip Control function, which allows the vehicle to travel at a constant speed while keeping it stable even on rough roads.
・ By designing the skeleton shape of each part of the body and optimizing the material strength, SOLTERRA manages to reduce its weight and provide superior crash safety at the same time.
・ In the event of a collision, the structure that transfers the load to multiple body frames absorbs the collision energy efficiently. Not only those in the vehicle, but also the high-voltage equipment in the BEV are protected.
SOLTERRA will play an important role for SUBARU, which aims to “bring happiness to all” in order to face the challenges of global warming and climate change and continue to smile in the future.
The vehicle was jointly developed by Toyota and SUBARU, which entered into a new cooperation and capital alliance in September 2019. The engineers of the two companies entered into a friendly competition and developed this vehicle together, in the light of the slogan "Let's produce better cars together", by bringing together technology and knowledge, each of which is their own area of expertise.
When will Subaru come out with an electric car?
Sales of SOLTERRA will begin in mid-2022 in markets such as Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe and China.