Subaru made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. The 2023 Subaru Solterra is known to be a close cousin of the Toyota bZ4X, as the two models were developed together.
The Solterra had a world premiere online presentation last week, so we already know a lot of what “unveiled” today.
Built on the e-Subaru Global platform, the new electric vehicle will hit dealerships across North America in the middle of next year, at the same time the bZ4X is due to hit Toyota dealerships. Here’s what we know:
– Solterra is powered by a 71.4 kWh battery, which should give it a range of around 400 km. The power train produces 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque;
– Its design is for five seats and almost the same as that of Toyota RAV4; it’s longer than the Forester, but shorter than the Outback;
– There is a fair amount of plastic around the fenders, and in all honesty we have to say we recognize a few hints of Toyota in its styling cues.
– Solterra’s name combines the Latin words for “sun” and “earth”;
– Inside, the floor of this EV is flat, which ensures generous space for passengers;
– An AWD configuration is in order, and the Solterra will be equipped with an X-Mode selector;
– Ground clearance is 8.3 inches;
– Driver assistance systems include a blind spot monitoring system with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. Also standard, the parking assist brake can activate the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing;
– New to Subaru, the Solterra has a 360-degree surround camera system. It’s also the first Subaru to come standard with Safety Exit Assist.
– Production will take place at Subaru factories in China and Japan.
What remains to be discovered is the Canadian market price and information on the variants that come with it. Expect to receive this information closer to the model’s launch date next year.
2023 Subaru Solterra Pictures