In the summer of 2019, Subaru and its partner Toyota announced the joint development of electric vehicles for both brands. Toyota is responsible for the driving module as part of the partnership, with Subaru bringing its expertise in driving all the wheels to the project. Solterra is the first model that Subaru is implementing on the “E-Tnga” (Electric Toyota New Global Architecture) e-platform. The little mixer celebrated his first public show at the LA Vehicle Show in autumn 2021.
The word Solterra is made up of the Latin words “Sol” (sun) and “Terra” (earth). For this, Subaru wants to express its respect for nature and show the best environmental balance of the electric car.
The Solterra is not the only one with all-wheel drive
Unfortunately, Subaru calls it the E-Subaru Global Platform. It was easily designed by Toyota and allows for front, rear and all-wheel drive. Unusual for Subaru: Like the Toyota BZ4X, the Solterra will be available with a front wheel drive. In this arrangement, an 150 kW / 204 hp electric motor is used on the front axle. The storage layouts that made it visible for the first time in Los Angeles are best suited to brand. Together, the two electronic machines each produce 80 kW / 109 hp and a maximum of 168.5 meters Newton, each of which drives a single axle thus ensuring a wheel drive, an output of 160 kW / 218 hp and a maximum torque 336. Newton Meters. Perhaps more power will be given to the future version of sexually transmitted diseases.
Subaru oversaw the development of the car-wheel itself. The auxiliary systems called “Star-Drive” and “X-Mode” distribute the driving force between the wheels in an improved drag mode depending on the operating conditions, weather and ground conditions. In addition to the hit song, the “Hold Control” technology, which includes a hill start and downhill, ensures the development of confidence.
WLTP type of up to 500 km
A lithium-ion battery installed in the lower body has a capacity of 71.4 kilowatt hours. The front wheel drive, which weighs 1.9 tons, should be able to travel up to 500 miles according to WLTP standard. Subaru specifies a 466-kilometer WLTP column for a four-wheeled vehicle, which weighs more than two tons and is the only variant of German-certified models to date. Solterra can be recharged with a charging capacity of between 6.6 kW (AC) and 150 kW (DC). And lastly, an empty battery can be charged up to 80 percent of its capacity in 30 minutes. Recovery power can also be affected from the driver’s seat.
Alternatively, the E model specifications are based on Toyota twins. It is 4.69 meters high, 1.86 meters wide and 1.65 meters high. The Subaru specifies a five-seater wheelbase to 2.85 meters. The 21-centimeter landmass insists that Solterra can also operate slightly off-road. The front wheel drive rotates on 18-inch wheels with 235/60 tires, the all-wheel drive version can be optionally mounted with 20-inch rims and 235/50 tires.
The Subaru grill is closed
Visually, the Solterra also relies on the Toyota BZ4X. The radiator grille is tightly closed, the arches of the wheels and the edges of the body are heavily lined with plastic. With its coupe-like roof, Solterra is following the current trend towards cross-cutting structures. The smaller part then corresponds to the standard SUV lines.
For the interior, Subaru is aiming for a newer version of infotainment and integration. The Japanese install a 12.3-inch touch screen in the center of the dashboard. The extra part of the digital pilot sits in front of the driver. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are also included, as is the option of charging wireless phones and controlling certain car functions remotely via the app. With the rear rear seats, the luggage compartment holds between 453 and 497 liters – depending on whether the trunk floor is in a high or low position.
Market launch in mid-2022
The help package commonly referred to as “Eye-Sight” in Subaru includes technologies such as a blind spot warning system and a road switch assistant and a system that detects traffic crossing while driving and that has an automatic automatic brake if the obstruction is detected during parking. Solterra is also the first Subaru to have an optional 360-degree round view camera and a warning device that detects incoming traffic as you exit. LED lights work in conjunction with a high beam auxiliary as a standard.
The new Subaru Solterra will be on the market from mid-2022 as a representative of the model year 2023. In addition to the markets of Japan, the United States, Canada and China, Europe will also be serviced from the beginning. Prices have not yet been announced.
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Subaru is developing its first electric car in partnership with Toyota shareholder. Not surprisingly, the young partner takes care of the four-wheel-drive vehicle. The electric SUV will be launched worldwide in 2022 under the name Solterra.