By Jane Ulitskaya
Competes with: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Archetypal Y, Toyota bZ4X
Looks like: Toyota bZ4X
Powertrains: 215-horsepower bifold electric motors with a lithium-ion array pack; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2022
The Subaru Solterra fabricated its aboriginal actualization on the all-around date aftermost week, and now we acquire added capacity on the U.S. adaptation of the all-electric SUV as it debuts at the 2021 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Solterra will mark a alternation of firsts for Subaru: In accession to actuality the brand’s aboriginal all-electric vehicle, the SUV will appear with new assurance appearance such as an accessible 360-degree camera system. Like the added SUVs in its lineup, the Solterra additionally promises to action balmy off-roading adequacy with accepted all-wheel drive and acceptable arena clearance.
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We bent the aboriginal glimpse of the Solterra during its all-around reveal, but now Subaru has appear added capacity (and photos) of the U.S.-bound model. The Solterra was accordingly developed by Subaru and Toyota, and shares a new e-Subaru All-around Platform and abounding administration elements with its cousin, the Toyota bZ4X.
The Solterra sports a heavily channelled and angular exterior, with a low awning and attenuate A-pillars advised to optimize advanced visibility. In front, a hexagonal grille burden is affected by the vehicle’s attenuate LED headlights that appear with accepted high-beam assist. The vehicle’s contour appearance abbreviate advanced and rear overhangs and a acutely angled roof; ample caster accomplished moldings adumbration at its off-road capability.
In adverse to the origami-inspired exterior, the Solterra’s autogenous is minimalistic and tech-focused with a large, cocked touchscreen affectation and agenda top-mounted apparatus panels. Subaru says burden and commuter amplitude is optimized acknowledgment to a collapsed floor, folding rear seats and a advanced liftgate aperture that should accomplish loading accessory easier. A across-the-board bottle roof forth with aloft roof balustrade will be available.
Powered by a lithium-ion array backpack and bifold motors, the Solterra produces 215 application and 248 pounds-feet of torque. It offers Level 2 AC and DC fast charging adequacy with a Subaru-estimated ambit of over 220 afar on a abounding charge.
Although the 220-mile ambit is aggressive amid the account of EVs with the longest range, the Solterra’s estimated ambit avalanche abbreviate of its absolute competitors. The Volkswagen ID.4 gets an estimated 260-mile ambit in rear-wheel drive models and up to 249 afar for AWD; the Ford Mustang Mach-E gets up to 305 afar in RWD and 270 afar in AWD.
The Toyota bZ4X will be offered in the U.S. with front-wheel drive or AWD; FWD models get a Toyota-estimated 250 afar of range, while ambit estimates for the AWD models acquire not yet been determined. A all-embracing Tesla Archetypal Y leads the absolute backpack with an EPA-estimated ambit of 326 miles.
The Solterra’s multimedia arrangement is accessed through an accessible 12.3-inch touchscreen with accepted Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging. The EV is the aboriginal Subaru agent to action a 360-degree surround-view camera, and it additionally gets Subaru’s new accepted Assurance Avenue Active arrangement that warns cartage of abeyant obstacles afore they avenue via beheld and aural alerts.
Additional driver-assist appearance accommodate accepted automated pre-collision braking, automated pre-collision burke management, lane abandonment warning, and a dark atom adviser with lane change abetment and rear cross-traffic alert.
Following the advance of Subaru’s accepted SUVs, the Solterra comes with accepted AWD (U.S. version) and utilizes Subaru’s on-demand torque technology with driver-selectable adorning modes. Advised for off-roading, acropolis climbs and glace pavement, the driver-activated X-Mode adds added adherence and anchor by adjusting the SUV’s ability output, AWD torque breach and anchor system. Subaru’s anchor ascendancy additionally helps cross abrupt grades with acropolis ascendance and coast assist. The Solterra has 8.3 inches of arena clearance, which is hardly beneath than the Crosstrek and Outback’s 8.7 inches.
The 2023 Subaru Solterra is accepted to access in the U.S. in 2022, with appraisement to be appear afterpiece to its on-sale date.
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