New Subaru Solterra: First drive in Stromer with 218 hp all-wheel drive


With the new Solterra, Subaru is now also entering electric mobility.

Subaru has done it again. The engineers of the all-wheel-drive Japanese brand once again teamed up with colleagues from Toyota to create a new model. The result is a duo of Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X. The two electric SUVs are their brands’ debut in electromobility, are based on the same technology platform and look strikingly similar down to the last detail. The big one (Toyota) determined, the small one (Subaru) had to participate?

“No,” says David Dello Stritto, CEO of Subaru’s Belgian European headquarters in Brussels: “We split the development work 50:50.” Toyota contributed battery architecture with a net capacity of 71.4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in the undercarriage and electric motor. After all, the brand has decades of experience with hybrid powertrains, while Subaru has so far only used mild hybrid systems, Dello Stritto says. But the bodywork, assistance systems, chassis and voting are a joint work.

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