Subaru recently unveiled its first ever pure-electric car, the Solterra SUV. However, the company’s original announcement didn’t feature a full suite of images, which means we didn’t get to see all of the car’s design features.
Subaru has now rectified this matter with a new walkaround video that reveals the Solterra’s styling in full. more importantly, the video also presents a European-spec version of the car, confirming the EV will be available outside of the brand’s home market of Japan.
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The Solterra will be available to order in the UK from the middle of next year. There’s no word on pricing yet, but when Subaru’s new electric automobile eventually arrives in Britain, it’ll offer fresh competition for the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Skoda Enyaq iV.
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As is apparent from these images, the Solterra shares its mechnicals (and most of its body panels) with the new Toyota bZ4x SUV, because it forms part of the two brands’ joint EV venture. So, the Solterra is powered by the same 71.4kWh battery pack, and will be available with the same choice of two powertrains.
The entry-level model will have a single-motor system, which produces 201bhp and has a maximum range of around 330 miles. above that, there’ll be a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive option, with a combined output of 215 miles. However, the extra energy demand on the battery means that the flagship’s maximum range drops to around 285 miles.
Toyota and Subaru have previously said their joint EV venture will play to both brands’ strengths. As such, the SUV twins will combine Toyota’s experience with electric technology and Subaru’s four-wheel-drive and off-road expertise. However, compared with the Toyota bZ4X, Subaru is aiming for even more safety and handling stability with the Solterra.