We've already seen it, just with a different badge.
Subaru has been teasing its first-ever electric vehicle since May. Four months on, and we still haven't been given a full reveal. Except that we have. The Subaru Solterra is all but identical to the Toyota-badged bZ4X, a concept that was revealed in full a month after the Solterra's first teaser. Much like the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 twins, the powertrains and styling of the new EVs will be very similar. Built on Subaru's dedicated EV architecture called the e-Subaru Global Platform, the Solterra will take advantage of Toyota's EV expertise and combine it with Subaru's all-wheel-drive brilliance. Still, it'll be a little while before we see the car on the road, and Subaru has now teased a few more details in a new video.
Unfortunately, while we already have a pretty good idea of what the Solterra will look like, Subaru hasn't furnished us with any new information as to range, power, price, or much else. All we know for sure is that the EV will feature "ample back-seat and cargo room" and will obviously send its power to all four corners via Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
Beyond that, we know that Toyota's concept is not intended to be a mass-market product that is expected to attract droves of buyers, so it's safe to assume that the Subaru version will be similar and likely won't be seen on every street corner.
Subaru says that we can expect to see the Solterra in showrooms sometime around the middle of next year when it will go on sale as a 2023 model year vehicle. We expect the Toyota bZ4X to go on sale at the same time, likely with a similar price tag and only slight differences from the Solterra.
With a sharply styled exterior, a stunning cabin featuring a floating center console, and Subaru's trademark all-weather ability, the Solterra will be a compelling offering, but we just hope to see an affordable price tag and decent range. If Subaru wants its future EVs to be well-received, this one has to be brilliant.