The wait is almost over as Subaru introduce their first ever pure-electric model which is due is to hit showrooms this summer.
The Solterra is packed with next-generation features inside and out, state-of-the-art active safety and the trusted reliability which is a given when it comes to Subaru cars, all of this with zero-emissions.
The name “Solterra” was created by joining the Latin words for Sun (Sol) and Earth (Terra) - pretty fitting for a car which is committed to safeguarding the Earth by being an alternative to a standard fuel vehicle and which is capable of going almost anywhere with Subaru's renowned all-wheel drive technology.
Read on to find out what you can expect from Subaru’s first ever all electric car (including newly released images and info)
Subaru have described the Solterra to be the most tech-driven Subaru ever, with state-of-the art-technology, and we're sure you'll agree it doesn't have the look you'd expect of a typical Subaru. Subaru’s signature hexagonal front grille has been tightly integrated with the front fascia with thin and wide LED headlights complementing the overall look.
A low bonnet line also contributes to the sleek styling of the Solterra assisting with aerodynamic performance and excellent forward visibility whilst still retaining safety for passengers in the event of a collision. There are short front and rear overhangs and the bold wheel arch mouldings provide a confident stance and give a visual show of the vehicle’s off-road capability.
The sloped glass rear end has a dual-spoiler at the top and a ducktail spoiler at the bottom. At the back you'll find combination lamps positioned up high, with a trapeze shape that strengthens the design. Combined with an available panoramic glass roof and generous storage options, the Solterra provides a spacious and airy interior.
The Solterra features Subaru's most advanced multimedia system to date with it's wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto integration and a high-resolution 12.3-inch touchscreen. The centre console has been designed for a modern and sleek look and is almost Tesla like in appearance.
On select models, you can charge your smartphone wirelessly in the centre console while you safely operate the wired and hands-free connection to enjoy your favorite apps and smartphone content.
The back seats are spacious with adequate head room and leg space for even the tallest of passengers despite the raised floor which allows for a ground clearance of 8.3 inches lending itself for easy manoeuvring over rough terrain, allowing you to go places a traditional electric vehicles can’t typically reach.
The Solterra is the first-ever all-electric SUV to feature the capability of a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and takes the all-weather, all-terrain vehicle to exciting new places come rain or shine.
The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive creates all-round stability and delivers an optimal distribution of power providing the driver with maximum traction and improved handling.
The Solterra offers a comprehensive suite of active safety technology including EyeSight Driver Assist and Blind Spot Monitor with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Also standard is Parking Support Brake which can apply the vehicle’s brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.
For the first time in a Subaru, a 360-Degree Surround-View Camera system allows for better all-around situational awareness. Another new feature for Subaru, Solterra is now equipped with standard 'Safety Exit Alert'. The new safety feature notifies you by beeping and displays a message if it detects danger when you are trying to open your door (which will come in handy following changes to the highway code in early 2022).
After attending the official Solterra launch we are now able to share further details on price, specification and other features.
The Solterra features a twin-motor each with 107bhp for a total of 214bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.7seconds - which Subaru have promised has precise control with every turn. A familiar 'X-Mode' function enhances the EV's off-road features, while the addition of the new Grip Control mode allows the Solterra to travel stably at speed over rough roads.
The battery in the Solterra is confirmed to be 71.4kWh and will have a range of up to 288 miles. It will also feature an 'efficient and effective' heating system to ensure consistent battery performance in all conditions. The battery is equipped with fast charging and will charge to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
There will be 2 models in the Solterra line up; the Limited which will be priced at £49,995 and the Touring (which features 20" alloys, leather seats and Harman Kardon® speakers) coming in at £52,995.
The Solterra is now available to pre-order.
Register your interest with our Subaru dealerships in Huddersfield or Ashton Under Lyne & be one of the first to see the brand new Solterra when it arrives.