Meet The All-New Electric Subaru Solterra - The EV Makes Its U.S. Debut
The 2023 Subaru Solterra EV SUV is one of the most highly-anticipated new vehicle launches for the automaker. They uncovered the new all-electric SUV today at the LA Auto Show, and it brings Subaru into a new era of all-electric models sweeping the globe.
Subaru of America says, "The highly anticipated Solterra is packed with new electrification and in-vehicle technology while staying true to its Subaru heritage with industry-leading safety and go-anywhere capability. Tom Doll, President and CEO Subaru of America, says, "We haven't taken the foot off the accelerator."
Here's what is coming for customers in California first and then in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington State, Washington DC, Vermont, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Colorado.
The Solterra's initial availability will be limited to U.S. states that have adopted California's ZEV Emissions program.
Of course, the Solterra will come with standard Symmetrical all-wheel drive, and it comes with the brand's X-Mode for additional all-weather and light off-pavement capabilities.
The big difference between the 2022 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs is that they come with 8.7-inches of ground clearance. The Solterra comes with 8.3-inches, and Subaru intends the new EV to be more of an urban commuter with mild off-road capabilities.
Subaru says the Solterra has an estimated all-electric range of more than 220-miles. The EV has 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque from the front and rear electric motors.
Inside, the EV has a new multimedia system with an available 12.3-inch touchscreen, a suite of driver-assist technologies, smartphone-connected features include remote start with climate control, smart navigation, and remote lock/unlocking feature.
Solterra also comes with an available 360-degree surround-view camera. Also new for Subaru, Solterra is equipped with standard Safe Exit Assist. The latest safety feature notifies occupants, before exiting the vehicle, of approaching vehicles with an audible and visual warning.
Subaru says the Solterra can charge up to 80-percent of total battery capacity in under an hour. Mobile apps work with the vehicle's multimedia system to help local thousands of charging options nationwide, including more than 3,000 DC fast-charging stations and 38,000 Level 2 charging stations. Charging at home is possible with Level 1 or Level 2 compatibilities.
The Solterra is expected to make its U.S. launch in mid-2022. The new EV will go on sale in Japan and the U.S. and then be released in Canada, Europe, and China. Potential buyers can see the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, November 19, 2021, through Sunday, November 28, 2021. Subaru will announce pricing closer to the retailer launch.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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