New electric Subaru SUV confirmed for production

Subaru has confirmed plans for an all-new electric SUV model

Subaru has revealed that it will launch its first fully-electric SUV model in Europe by the mid-2020s. The all-new car is being jointly developed with Toyota, and will share the same underpinnings and electric drivetrain as the forthcoming Toyota BZ SUV, along with a similar design. 

When it arrives, the new EV will be a rival to an array of electric SUV models, including the Kia e-Niro, Volkswagen ID.4, and Skoda Enyaq.

No technical details have been confirmed, but it's thought the new car will use the e-TNGA platform, which has been co-developed for electric vehicles by Subaru and Toyota. The firm has also hinted at the forthcoming model’s dimensions, stating that it will be similar in size to the current Subaru Forester SUV.

As a joint development project, the new car will merge the strongest attributes from both firms. It will make use of Toyota’s latest battery electric powertrains, and Subaru’s four-wheel drive systems, meaning it is likely to boast a decent range along with excellent handling in slippery conditions. 

The e-TGNA platform features a single electric motor mounted on the front axle, which is powered by a low-mounted battery pack to aid the car’s weight distribution and handling. It should also mean the packaging of the battery will have a minimal effect on interior space. The platform can also be adapted to underpin other models, with both Toyota and Subaru planning a larger electric SUV model and a saloon car. 

Subaru’s shift to pure-electric models follows the introduction of the hybrid e-Boxer petrol engines to the Forester SUV and Subaru XV crossover, and is part of the firm’s long-term plan to reduce CO2 emissions across its line-up. The Japanese firm is aiming for pure-electric and hybrid models to account for around 40% of its global sales figures by 2030. 

To learn more about the current Subaru SUV line-up, read our in-depth reviews of the Subaru Forester and Subaru XV

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