New 2022 Subaru Solterra is a rugged electric 4x4

The new Subaru Solterra is the brand’s first electric car and will go on sale in 2022

The all-new electric Subaru Solterra SUV has been revealed. The new model promises a range of around 280 miles, and shares its technology and platform with the new Toyota bZ4X.

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The Solterra will arrive in showrooms in summer 2022, with a price to be announced closer to the on-sale date. When it arrives, the new car will be a rival to an array of electric SUV models, including the Kia e-Niro, Volkswagen ID.4, and Skoda Enyaq.

2022 Subaru Solterra SUV: design and dimensions

The Solterra has the familiar Subaru face, including a smoothed-off hexagonal front grille, an angular front bumper, and angled headlights that feature LED daytime running lights. The car’s side profile looks broadly similar to the Toyota bZ4X thanks to squared wheel arch cladding and a rakish rear hatch design. At the rear, there’s a pair of wraparound u-shaped LED lights and an angular bumper design with a panel of contrasting black cladding.

The car is roughly the same size as the Subaru Forester and has 210mm of ground clearance. Boot space is yet to be confirmed

Electric motor, range and platform

Subaru has revealed that the Solterra will be available with front and four-wheel drive, although the brand has yet to confirm if both variants will be sold in the UK. In front-wheel-drive form, power comes from a 201bhp electric motor mounted on the front axle and 0-62mph takes 8.4 seconds. The four-wheel-drive version gets the brand’s X-MODE AWD control system and Grip Control function to help boost traction. The extra motor for the rear wheels increases power to 215bhp for 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds.

Every Solterra gets a 71.4kWh battery and while official range figures have yet to be confirmed, it's thought the Solterra will offer a range of around 280 miles. Charging times and specs are yet to be revealed but 150kW rapid-charging capability will be standard, meaning a 0-80% top up will be possible in as little as 30 minutes.

The new car sits on the ‘e-Subaru Global Platform’, which was jointly developed with Toyota for electric vehicles. The position of battery is set to give the car a low centre of gravity, which Subaru claims gives the car strong stability and driving dynamics. 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.

Interior and technology

Inside, the interior looks very similar to the bZ4X, with a large central infotainment touchscreen and a smaller high-mounted digital dial cluster. Soft-touch fabrics cover parts of the dashboard, which appears to feature various touch controls and a rotary control dial.

Subaru’s shift to pure-electric models follows the introduction of the hybrid e-Boxer petrol engines for the Forester SUV and Subaru XV crossover, and is part of the firm’s long-term plan to reduce CO2 emissions across its lineup. 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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