2023 Subaru Solterra-The Subaru Solterra is the brand’s first electric vehicle, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. Subaru and Toyota collaborated to build the platform for this compact SUV, which will also underpin the Toyota bZ4X and other future models. The Solterra boasts a variety of off-road features as well as a number of regular driver aids, with projected driving ranges of 222 to 228 miles. While there isn’t much competition for the 2023 Solterra in the non-luxury EV compact-ute sector right now, that could change in the next year or so.
2023 Subaru Solterra Exterior
The Solterra’s dramatic attitude is the first thing you’ll notice about it. The outside style of the Solterra makes it clear that this isn’t your normal hatchback, with angular sides, a slanted rear glass window, and a hatch accented by a ducktail spoiler. LED headlights are placed low and broad in front of the traditional Subaru hexagonal grille. The vehicle’s all-terrain performance is further reinforced by dramatic wheel arches, black body cladding, and short front and rear overhangs.
2023 Subaru Solterra Interior
The inside of the Solterra includes a digital gauge cluster set high on the dashboard, a large touchscreen for the infotainment system, and an elevated center console with what appears to be a rotary shift gear. The cabin appears to be airy because to the steep windscreen, big side glass, and panoramic sunroof. A pleasing look is further aided by the use of a variety of appealing textures throughout. With up to 30 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the back seats are folded flat and the different storage spaces, including the huge bin under the center console, the Solterra makes for a helpful travel companion.A 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash is offered for the Solterra’s infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a wireless phone charger are included on all models. The presence of a smartphone app allows customers to control the HVAC system remotely, for example, to pre-condition the cabin or lock and unlock the doors. Built-in navigation and potentially an enhanced sound option are also expected to be included.
2023 Subaru Solterra Specs
In addition to being powered entirely by electricity, the Solterra features an all-wheel-drive system with two electric motors producing a combined 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. The power can be distributed differently based on the driving mode, which includes four options: Eco, Normal, Power, and X-mode, which helps in slick situations or on uneven terrain by adjusting the power to each wheel individually. The Solterra boasts 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a “Grip Control” option, which is essentially a low-speed cruise control, for those interested in taking it off-road. The regenerative-braking force can be adjusted using the paddles on the steering wheel.We were able to spin a donut on a non-paved surface thanks to the option to totally remove stability control and the fact that the Solterra can distribute 60 percent of its torque to the rear axle in the version we drove on certain Arizona ORV trails.
The Solterra’s battery pack has a gross capacity of 72.8 kWh, according to Subaru. Ones with 18-inch wheels are said to have a range of 228 miles, while models with 20s are said to have a range of 222 miles. Subaru claims that the Solterra’s inbuilt 6.6-kWh charger can recharge the battery in nine hours when plugged into a Level 2 charging station. If you connect it to a 100-kW DC fast charger, an 80-percent charge should take around 56 minutes.
2023 Subaru Solterra Price & Release date
Subaru hasn’t revealed pricing & launching for the 2023 Solterra, but we expect it to be similar to the Toyota bZ4X, which we believe to start in the mid-$30,000s or low-$40,000s.