Subaru confirms mid-2022 arrival for Solterra EV, gives glimpse inside

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Subaru confirmed Tuesday that its Solterra electric SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in mid 2022, and revealed a few more pictures of the upcoming model. Those pictures included a peek inside to show a new interface different from that of any current Subaru. 

The Solterra is due to be built on a new all-electric vehicle architecture that Subaru is developing in conjunction with Toyota—what Toyota calls e-TNGA and Subaru is calling the e-Subaru Global Platform. As such, it is expected to be closely related to the production vehicle that follows the Toyota bZ-4X Concept. In concept form, the Toyota concept has a steer-by-wire system, perhaps pointing to future advanced self-driving modes, but that hasn’t yet been confirmed for production.

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Toyota-Subaru electric vehicle platform

Toyota-Subaru electric vehicle platform

Subaru hasn’t revealed dimensions for the Solterra yet, but it’s expected to be about the length and overall size of the Forester, albeit with a somewhat lower roofline. A new overhead photo is distant and, while too grainy to zoom in on, clear enough to show that the Solterra will get a large glass roof. 

The Solterra interior is revealed in greater detail than the Toyota interior in one of the new photos, which clearly shows a new horizontally laid-out infotainment system, with capacitive controls for climate controls just below, plus a puck-style shifter. A new generation of steering-wheel controls are visible, as is a separate digital gauge instrument cluster just ahead of the driver. 

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Subaru Solterra electric SUV teaser

Subaru Solterra electric SUV teaser

The Japanese automaker says that the Solterra will include “plenty of ground clearance” and of course all-wheel drive, via a dual-motor system. It claims that the Solterra will be the most technologically advanced Subaru ever, and that back-seat and cargo room will be ample, but Subaru hasn’t said much else yet about the Solterra.

On a marketing page geared toward the Solterra, the brand described the Solterra as “the natural evolution of Subaru all-weather, all-road performance.”

2023 Subaru Solterra teaser

2023 Subaru Solterra teaser

The Solterra will be Subaru’s global electric car, and its second plug-in for the U.S. Depending on location, U.S. buyers can get the Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid offering 17 miles of electric range and 35 mpg combined.

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