Subaru teases new all-electric Solterra SUV

Published: 11 May 2021

► First electric car for Subaru
► Uses platform developed with Toyota
► EV will be similarly sized to Forester

Subaru has confirmed the name of its first electric production car: Solterra. The new mid-size crossover SUV is scheduled to go on sale in 2022. The name Solterra is, as you'd assume, the joining of 'sol' and 'terra' – or sun and earth in Latin.

The new EV will use an all-electric platform developed with Toyota. Subaru calls it 'e-Subaru Global Platform', while Toyota calls it e-TNGA. Along with the Solterra from Subaru, the platform will also spawn the Toyota bZ4X crossover and more EVs from both brands to come.


Performance specs aren't known yet but, given Subaru's involvement in the platform, expect some off-road capability that's so inherent of the brand's other cars.

Subaru's electrification efforts haven't developed quite at the same pace as other manufacturers. The Forester and XV SUVs both have 'e-Boxer' hybrid options, but that's about it.

Expect the new Solterra to come with Subaru's Eyesight driver assistance tech and, perhaps, even more recent technological developments like its Driver Monitoring System.

Stay tuned for more details.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches