The first electric Subaru will offer upward of 220 miles of range on a full charge, the automaker said Wednesday as it unveiled the 2023 Solterra at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
That range estimate puts the Solterra behind the closely related Toyota bZ4X, which will offer a 250-mile version with front-wheel drive. In keeping with Subaru tradition, the Solterra comes only with all-wheel drive. The bZ4X was co-developed by Subaru and Toyota.
For the Solterra, the all-wheel-drive system consists of dual electric motors paired with a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, figures well above a 2022 Subaru Forester SUV.
Subaru promises some off-road ability from the Solterra, which offers up 8.3 inches of running ground clearance, a specially tailored drive mode, and hill ascent and descent control systems.
The Solterra is sized like the automaker’s gas-fueled Forester, albeit with slightly less interior volume but a little more space behind the second row of seats. The standard fare will include automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, plus a surround-view camera will be available. Subaru has not offered any pricing hints for the Solterra, which is scheduled to hit dealers in mid-2022. See Subaru models for sale