After the launch of the Toyota bZ4X, it was only a matter of time before his brother, the Subaru Solterra, made an appearance in the Spanish market. The Japanese company has already opened the order book for its first widely used electric model, which falls within the increasingly electrified segment D (medium SUV). The first deliveries will take place in November.
The Subaru Solterra sits on the modular platform e-SGP (e-Subaru Global Platform, architecture known as e-TNGA in Toyota). It measures 4.69 meters long, and it only differs from its Toyota twin by some nuance changes (slightly redesigned headlamps, false grille, specific bumpers, etc).
Although the platform is of Toyota origin, Subaru has been responsible for developing the AWD X-Mode intelligent all-wheel-drive system with Grip Control; while the bZ4X will be offered with front and all-wheel drive, the Solterra will only be available with the latter option, denoting its “campers” approach.
Its drive train is made up of two electric motors (one per axle), each with a power of 109 hp (80 kW). The set produces 218 hp (160 kW) and 337 Nm, which allows it to complete the 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h. The approved consumption of the vehicle is 16 kWh per 100 km, a very good figure if we take into account that it has all-wheel drive.
The Subaru Solterra will have outstanding off-road performance
Its batteries have a capacity of 71.4 kWh and allow it to reach a maximum range of 466 km WLTP. Recall that Toyota estimates that the pack will be able to retain 90% of its capacity after ten years or 240,000 km of use. As for the load, it will be able to reach powers of up to 6.6 kW in alternating current and 150 kW in direct current.
At the moment the equipment that the vehicle will include as standard has not been revealed, although it is confirmed that it will not have the One Motion Grip by-wire steering system of the Toyota bZ4X. The official rates will be announced later, although it is expected to be between 50,000 and 60,000 euros.
The truth is that the Subaru Solterra, due to its off-road capabilities, will be a practically unique model within the D-SUV segment. Rivals like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, the Nissan Ariya, the Skoda Enyaq iV, the Tesla Model Y, or the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 are also available with all-wheel drive; however, only the Toyota bZ4X should be able to match its field performance.