Another day and another car manufacturer has joined the electric vehicle race. This time it’s Subaru, which has just revealed the all-electric Solterra SUV.
For many the name Subaru conjures up images of a striking blue Impreza blazing a trail in the World Rally Championship (WRC). The manufacturer impressively raced its way to five world titles during its tenure in the championships, which ended in 2008.
In recent years, the brand has carved a reputation for building quality SUVs and Crossovers. The XV, Outback and Forrester are proof of that. They have also produced the stunning BRZ sports car, which it co-developed with Toyota.
Now Subaru is embarking on its next chapter in the world of motoring with an all-electric vehicle. The Solterra SUV marks the first global electric vehicle for the brand. Like the BRZ, the model is also a co-development model with Toyota.
What’s In A Name?
According to Subaru, it named the Solterra SUV by joining the words “Sol” and “Terra” – the Latin words for the “Sun” and the “Earth”. The idea behind the name is to form a coexistence between mother nature and motoring. As it sports the Subaru badge, expect the Solterra to deliver the brand’s signature go-anywhere capabilities.
The C-segment-class SUV is the first Subaru vehicle built on the battery electric vehicle (BEV) e-dedicated Subaru Global Platform. In terms of specs, no details are available yet about the new all-electric SUV, which goes on sale next year.
Jointly developed by Subaru and Toyota, the platform allows an efficient roll-out of various types of EVs. This is done by combining multiple modules and components, such as the front, centre, and rear of a vehicle.
Although the two companies have brought together their knowledge to create a completely new platform, Subaru has brought a little something of its own to the table. The brand naturally brings its superior passive safety and vehicle stability, which it has been pursuing, to this BEV platform.
The collaboration between Subaru and Toyota also extends beyond just the platform and manufacturing. It also includes product planning, design, and performance evaluation. In this development, the two companies are combining their respective strengths.
The Solterra SUV will feature Subaru’s long-accumulated all-wheel-drive technology and Toyota’s outstanding vehicle electrification technology. Combined, it will create a new SUV with attributes that only an all-electric vehicle can offer.