Autofocus: 2023 Subaru Solterra
During the Los Angeles Auto Show, Subaru of America, Inc. unveiled its inaugural all-electric SUV, the 2023 Subaru Solterra. The much-anticipated Solterra showcases cutting-edge electrification and in-vehicle technology, remaining faithful to Subaru’s legacy with top-notch safety features and versatile, go-anywhere performance.
The terminology “Solterra” was ingeniously crafted by combining the Latin terms for “Sun” and “Earth,” symbolizing Subaru’s dedication to providing classic SUV capabilities within an environmentally conscious framework.
Adventurous and Versatile
Solterra comes standard with a newly designed Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, seamlessly harnessing a smooth and linear output through Subaru StarDrive® Technology. This innovative system ensures exceptional traction and capability across diverse weather conditions and terrains. Subaru StarDrive® Technology not only provides significant on-demand torque at all speeds but also offers power and driver-selectable regenerative modes.
Following in the footsteps of other Subaru SUVs, Solterra is equipped with X-MODE®, enhancing performance in low-friction and off-road scenarios. The all-new model introduces Grip Control, incorporating Hill Ascent and Descent Assist. Boasting 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a combined 215 horsepower from its front and rear electric motors, Solterra excels in both off-road adventures and city driving.
Featuring a spacious interior with up to 126 cubic feet of passenger and cargo space, Solterra offers generous legroom and a nearly flat floor, providing occupants with the expansive and open feel of a much larger vehicle. The 5-passenger SUV includes up to 30 cubic feet of usable cargo space behind the rear seats, along with a 60/40 folding seatback and a two-position load floor, ensuring maximum cargo and passenger flexibility. The wide 41.3-inch rear gate opening, coupled with a low liftover height, facilitates easy loading and unloading. For added convenience during adventures, available raised roof rails expand cargo-carrying options for owners.
The innovative Subaru Solterra introduces a comprehensive array of active safety technologies, headlined by the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, Blind Spot Monitor featuring Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Adding an extra layer of security, the standard Parking Support Brake is capable of applying the vehicle’s brakes when detecting obstacles during reverse maneuvers.
Breaking new ground for Subaru, the Solterra incorporates a 360-degree Surround-View Camera system, enhancing overall situational awareness. Another Subaru first, the standard Safe Exit Assist feature warns occupants of approaching vehicles with audible and visual signals before they exit the vehicle.
Setting itself apart, Solterra boasts the all-new e-SUBARU Global Platform, a groundbreaking engineering achievement that seamlessly integrates Subaru’s renowned all-wheel-drive capability, superior driving dynamics, and industry-leading passive safety measures.
Equipped with standard multi-element LED Headlights, featuring High Beam Assist, the Solterra encourages drivers to maximize high beam usage without concern for affecting oncoming traffic. The SUV prioritizes safety with standard frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, side pelvis/torso airbags, and a driver and front passenger knee airbag.
Eco-Friendly Made Easy…
Solterra’s high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack delivers ample daily range, ensuring the electric SUV meets the demands of daily driving. The vehicle’s versatility is further emphasized by its Level 2 AC and DC fast charging capability, enabling rapid charging at various locations. With DC fast charging, Solterra can recharge up to 80 percent of its total battery capacity in less than an hour.
For added convenience during travels, mobile apps seamlessly integrate with the vehicle’s multimedia system, facilitating easy access to thousands of charging options nationwide. This extensive network includes over 3,000 DC fast-charging stations and 38,000 Level 2 charging stations. Charging at home is both straightforward and cost-effective, thanks to Solterra’s compatibility with Level 1 or Level 2 chargers.
Solterra owners can embark on city explorations and open-road adventures with confidence, as the all-wheel-drive SUV boasts an estimated range of over 220 miles. Coupled with convenient home charging capabilities and access to a widespread national network of charging stations, Solterra ensures a reliable and hassle-free electric driving experience.
The Solterra represents an evolution of Subaru’s Dynamic X Solid design concept, skillfully realized through the design flexibility offered by the e-Subaru Global Platform. At the forefront, the iconic hexagonal grille of Subaru seamlessly integrates with the front fascia, accompanied by sleek and wide LED headlights that harmonize with the overall design. The low hood line not only adds to the SUV’s streamlined aesthetics but also enhances aerodynamic efficiency and forward visibility, all while maintaining pedestrian impact safety.
On the sides, the Solterra showcases a confident stance with short front and rear overhangs and robust wheel arch moldings, effectively conveying the vehicle’s off-road capability. The aerodynamically inclined rear glass incorporates both a top dual-spoiler and a bottom ducktail spoiler. The rear of the vehicle is distinguished by high-positioned rear combination lamps featuring a trapezoidal theme, reinforcing the overall design.
Inside the new SUV, the interior design embraces a clean and minimalist approach, centered around an intuitive high-resolution touchscreen that integrates multifunction display, multimedia, and climate control. The option of a panoramic glass roof, coupled with generous storage solutions, ensures that Solterra not only provides a spacious interior but also creates an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
Advanced Comfort and Convenience
Solterra is equipped with an innovative multimedia system featuring an impressive 12.3-inch touchscreen. The all-new system includes wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard features, along with the convenience of an optional wireless charging phone dock located in the center console.
The integration of smartphone app connectivity enhances the driving experience with features like remote climate control and remote lock/unlock functionality, contributing to a more convenient and connected journey. The remote climate control system allows for automatic pre-warming or cooling of the vehicle before departure, even when it’s garaged.
Adding to the distinguished lineup of award-winning Subaru SUVs such as the Subaru Outback, Subaru Forester, Subaru Crosstrek, and Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid, the Solterra is set to go on sale in mid-2022.
The global launch of the Solterra, marked by the introduction of the SOLTERRA, is scheduled to commence in the middle of 2022, spanning key markets such as Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe, and China.