> All-new EV from Subaru
> Sister car to Toyota bZ4X
> 285-mile range .est
> 80% charge in 30 minutes
> Pricing TBC
Subaru has finally revealed its share of the joint electric SUV project it has been working on with Toyota. While at this point everything comes with the caveat of being the Japanese specification car – UK spec will be announced soon – this is what we can expect.
Look familiar? That’s because this is the sister car to the Toyota bZ4X – think of this as the BRZ to Toyota’s GR86. As a result, the design is near identical with a more familiar Subaru family face being applied to the car. Tweaked bumpers and lights are about the only changes, with that distinctive cladding being applied to both cars.
The Solterra will come standard on 18-inch alloy wheels with 20-inch variants being an option.
Just like the exterior, the interior sticks very closely to the Toyota’s blueprint. The dashboard and centre console are all identical, with just a smattering of Subaru branding to differentiate it.
You’ll find interesting textured materials that create a much more homely environment than the cold plastic of rivals. Interestingly, the instrumentation has been placed above the steering wheel to forge a more unique architecture. Helpfully, there are also plenty of little storage spaces for the gubbins of family life.
I’m sure we sound like a broken record by this point, but the floor pan is also something else this Subaru shares with its Toyota sibling – no bad thing. Its new e-TNGA electric vehicle architecture packages the car in such a way that interior space is maximised. Subaru reckons this model has the same level of legroom as a car in the segment above.
Opening the large rear hatch reveals 452-litres of boot space, which is ideal for an active family or dog owners. However, it is a little smaller than what you'll find in the all-electric Nissan Ariya.
The Toyota bZ4X will be offered with front-wheel drive in some markets, but Subaru’s dedication to all-wheel drive means you’ll only be able to get the dual-motor model. Combined, they send 214bhp and 336Nm of torque to all four wheels.
Its battery is a 71.4kW unit that’s said to be good for around 285 miles of driving, however, this is based on a Japanese spec car and so may vary slightly in the UK. What we do know is that it can charge at up to 150kW, meaning that a 0-80% charge can be completed in as little as 30 minutes.
The Subaru Solterra has only just been revealed in Japan, and it is expected to get a North American debut at the LA Auto Show. We’ll probably see a European specification car early next year with it going on sale in the UK part way through 2020.
Pricing has yet to be announced.