Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV
【Summary】Japan’s Subaru has finally entered the battery-powered segment in the U.S. with its new Solterra fully-electric SUV. The company’s highly-anticipated electric vehicle gets a plethora of state-of-the-art features. The Solterra was showcased for the first time last week at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Japan's Subaru has finally entered the battery-powered segment in the U.S. with its new Solterra fully-electric SUV. The company's highly-anticipated electric vehicle gets a plethora of state-of-the-art features.
The Solterra was showcased for the first time last week at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The name "Solterra" is derived from the Latin words for Sun (Sol) and Earth (Terra), which highlights Subaru's environmentally-conscious vision for its future.
The electric SUV is built on the automaker's new e-Subaru Global Platform vehicle architecture. The EV platform is similar to Toyota's e-TNGA vehicle architecture, as Subaru and its domestic rival Toyota jointly-developed the new dedicated global EV platform.
Like all Subaru models, the Solterra will be offered exclusively in all-wheel-drive configuration. The 2023 Solterra will come equipped with Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. It will be powered by a 72.8 kWh battery (same as the top-end Toyota bZ4X variant), which will send power to a pair of 80 kW electric motors.
According to Subaru, the all-wheel-drive Solterra will offer around 220 miles of range. All trims will get rapid charging capability as standard. Customers can recharge the Solterra from 0 to 80% in just 1 hour using a DC fast charger.
The 2023 Solterra also gets a "slim battery", which offers maximum chassis rigidity and delivers a low center of gravity. The powertrain will generate 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of peak torque (with boost). Like the Toyota bZ4X SUV, the Solterra variant will take around 7.7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 62 MPH.
With Subaru's all-wheel-drive expertise and years of experience in the world of motorsports, the e-Subaru Global Platform platform will be ideal for performance electric SUVs in the future. The Solterra's drivetrain consists of an e-axle transaxle and inverter that is integrated into a single unit.
The AWD system uses outputs from the automaker's Subaru StarDrive tech to deliver optimum traction. With the help of Subaru StarDrive, drivers can also select different regenerative modes using the paddles on the steering wheel.
To help drivers take on more challenging off-road terrain, the Solterra will come equipped with Subaru's "X-MODE" traction control system. This feature will allow drivers to get the most out of the EV's 8.3-inch ground clearance. Subaru also offers a steer-by-wire system in the Solterra, which reduces turning radius.
The Solterra shares its 72.8 kWh battery pack with the Toyota bZ4X. According to Toyota, this is one of the most efficient EV battery units in the segment. The battery will retain 90% of its initial capacity even after a decade of use. To achieve this, Toyota developed an active thermal management system using liquid to cool the cells.
The Solterra also flaunts a stylish design. The electric SUV gets Multi-element LED headlight clusters as well as a LED tail light cluster that stretches across the width of the rear. The wheel arches, side sills, and front wing get contrasting black cladding.
The cabin of Solterra will offer an airy atmosphere thanks to a dual-pane glass sunroof. Subaru's new EV also gets a flat floor which offers plenty of cabin space for five passengers.
Subaru offers an optional 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display for the Solterra, whereas a 7-inch digital dash is offered as standard.
To ensure the safety of passengers, Subaru will also offer a wide range of advanced driver-assist (ADAS) features as standard. These will include automatic pre-collision throttle management, Blind Spot Monitor with Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Safety Exit Alert, 360-Degree Surround-View Camera, and automatic pre-collision braking.
Subaru plans to launch Solterra in the U.S. by mid-2022.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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