After partnering with Toyota, the Japanese automaker, Subaru unveiled its first electric car, the Subaru Soltera, during the 2021 LA Auto Show. Subaru performed beyond expectations. It’s not like most other automakers who got their first electric car by swapping the traditional combustion engine with an electric motor. Subaru got its first electric car not by converting any of its best-selling models.
While the Subaru shares the same EV platform as the Toyota’s first EV, Toyota Bz4X, and affords similar styling elements and mechanical components as the Toyota, it still comes with Subaru’s signatory features, including a standard all-wheel-drive system. This compact non-luxury EV crossover, with Latin words ‘Sol’ and ‘Terra’ meaning ‘Sun’ and ‘Earth’ in English, represents the brand’s commitment to offering eco-friendly and versatile cars. Despite its complete electrification and state-of-the-art tech equipment, the 2023 Subaru Solterra still appeals to shoppers with its go-anywhere ability and class-leading safety amenities.
Engine & Performance
Like every Subaru, the all-new Subaru Solterra comes standard with an all-wheel drive. Instead of an ICE, it comes with a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sits on both axles and pairs with dual electric motors to generate 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.
The 2023 Solterra offers four different drive modes— Eco, Normal, Power, and X-mode. If you want to go on some adventure, the X-mode is the best mode to channel the Solterra’s power. By modulating the power to each wheel, the X-mode can help you comfortably cruise past slippery or uneven terrains. Its 8.3 inches of ground clearance and Grip Control feature make off-roading much fun.
Range & Charging
When it comes to EVs, the range is very crucial. And though Subaru is yet to reveal many details about the battery packs (although we believe it will likely come with the bZ4X AWD’s 72.8 kWh lithium-ion pack) and the range, you can’t expect the Subaru to offer an outstanding drive range. Subaru claims that the 2023 Solterra will provide an estimated driving range of not less than 220 miles per charge.
Subaru hasn’t disclosed the final specification on the 2023 Solterra’s charging. But the Japanese automaker already claimed that charging the Solterra with a DC fast charger won’t take up to an hour to get it to 80%. The Solterra already available in Japan can charge with a 6.6 kW onboard charger and 150 kW using DC fast-charging stations. We expect Subaru to disclose the final details for the US in the coming months.
On the inside, the Solterra sports a well-built and decent interior that tilts towards functionality. While an elevated digital instrument panel sits behind the steering, from the center console to the dash is a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and many other connectivity features.
Solterra offers ample space for passengers and cargo with 126 cubic feet and 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Seating up to five, the seats are spacious and comfortable.
Subaru packed the 2023 Solterra with a long list of active safety tech and an array of standard driver-assist features including,
- Automatic emergency braking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic high beams
- Blind-spot monitor
- Forward-collision warning
- Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- 360-degree camera system
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