For the diehard Subaru who want an electric vehicle, the wait is almost over. The Japanese automaker has just announced new details about its very first electric vehicle, which is set to hit the streets in 2022.
Subaru will call its first electric vehicle the Solterra, a fitting name for a brand synonymous with outdoor adventure and you know, the sun and the earth. Subaru’s first full-fledged electric vehicle will also be an SUV with the manufacturer’s well-known all-wheel drive capabilities.
The Solterra is built on a new platform that the company is developing in partnership with Toyota, which the latter will use for its impossible-name bZ4X crossover (bZ stands for “beyond zero”, apparently).
Subaru has only released two teaser images so far, but given that the new SUV will share DNA with the Toyota bZ4X, Subaru’s offering will likely look like a toned down and less aggressive version of the upcoming futuristic electric crossover. from Toyota.
Other than that, we don’t know much. If the Solterra looks a lot like the BZ4X, you can expect some sort of crushed RAV4, perhaps somewhere between a Crosstrek and a Forester in size.
Subaru’s first true electric vehicle will join the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid, which the company began selling in 2014 – currently its only option for climate-conscious drivers. The Solterra will go on sale next year in the United States, Canada, China, Europe and Japan.