Subaru and Toyota are joining forces to build a new electric SUV due in 2021.
We've known for a long time now that Toyota and Subaru are joining forces to build a new EV platform that will underpin midsize and large passenger cars, as well as a C-segment SUV similar in size to the Subaru Crosstrek. This isn't the first time the two Japanese automakers have collaborated either, as the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 were jointly developed. Both cars are due to be replaced with next-generation models.
Toyota and Subaru's new collaboration began with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which borrows hybrid technology from the Toyota Prius. Earlier this year, Subaru also presented a mysterious design study jointly developed with Toyota previewing the upcoming Tesla Model X rival.
No name was announced for the design study, but reports from Japan claim the production version will be called the Evoltis. If that name sounds familiar, Subaru filed the Evoltis name as a US trademark back in 2018.
The production version of the design study is expected to use a newly developed electric powertrain generating around 280 hp or more, while four-wheel drive will allegedly be offered as standard. A high-capacity lithium-ion battery will develop 310 miles of range.
As for the design, the exterior will apparently look more aggressive than the concept. This is unusual since production models are usually toned down from the original concept, yet the production Evoltis is expected to feature a larger hexagonal grille, a thicker grille bar, and striking LED headlights that extend to the bumper. The Evoltis will also be technically advanced, incorporating Subaru's next-generation EyeSight technology that will include lane change, braking, and steering assists, as well as a 360-degree-sensing camera.
The Subaru Evoltis is expected to make its world debut in October 2021 - that just happens to be when the 2021 Tokyo Motor Show kicks off.