Subaru Soltera / Toyota bZ4X Sacred car of the year electric twins in 2023?

Subaru Soltera / Toyota bZ4X Sacred car of the year electric twins in 2023?

Since the golden age of the Impreza, Subaru has been a shadow of its former self in Europe. The arrival of the Solterra electric SUV, the twin of the Toyota bZ4X and its possible coronation as the Car of the Year 2023, would give the brand a rebirth.

Since its creation in 1964, the European Car of the Year Trophy has been won by only four Japanese models. It was in 1993 with the second generation of the Nissan Micra, in 2005 with the Toyota Prius, also the second generation, in 2011, the electric Nissan Leaf climbed to the first step of the podium then in 2021, the fourth version of the Toyota Yaris in turn. he won the election.

Two wins for Nissan as Toyota but never a reward for Subaru. The Japanese company, known for its flat four-cylinder engines as well as for the Impreza, the queen of rallies, available in series, has just taken, thanks to its partner Toyota, the electric turn through the respective partnership. An alliance that allows Subaru, whose distribution is currently secret in Europe, to do back to the center stage with a small watt SUV placed in the middle of the market. In Toyota, moreover, bZ, short for “Beyond Zero”, announces a new line in the range. Seven types of zero output are expected. bZ4x opens the ball.

Advantages of Subaru Solterra / Toyota bZ4x

The Subaru Solterra is the technical twin of the Toyota bZ4X.© Subaru

The Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4x are on the shortlist for Car of the Year 2023. say without a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, allowing the adoption of an aero-style steering wheel to drive faster, which the Toyota bZ4x collides with in the normal world.. Currently, the Subaru brand has not specified whether this special steering wheel, which Lexus also uses on its RZ wattage SUV, will be available for the Solterra. Toyota offers it as an option on the bZ4x.

Disadvantages of Subaru Solterra / Toyota bZ4x

The Solterra is a 100% electric SUV.
The Solterra is a 100% electric SUV.© Subaru

We are dealing with two weights. The technical sheet shows 2005 kg including 480 kg of battery so you will have to be very careful on slippery roads..

In addition, the autonomy of the Toyota bZ4x / Subaru Solterra duo is a little disappointing. The radius of action is announced by the manufacturer for 410 km in four-wheel versions and reaches 450 km for those with traction architecture. We will prove this in real life during our independent tests.

Posted on 01/10/2023 Updated 01/10/2023