Subaru is developing an all-electric sport utility as a joint venture with Toyota. Built on the new e-Subaru global platform, the Solterra is slated to go on sale in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan in 2022.
The naming of the Solterra comes from a combination of the Latin words for “sun” and “earth.” The joint venture with Toyota, which was announced last year at the renewal of the current collaboration on the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sports cars, aims for electrified vehicles based on technologies shared between the companies. The collaboration combines Subaru’s expertise in all-wheel drive technology and Toyota’s electrification knowledge and allows for the sharing of parts and sourcing.
Subaru says that the new Solterra and its platform were the result of the company’s engineers working specifically to mate Subaru’s AWD capability and driving dynamics with a dedicated EV platform. Subaru says that more details for the Solterra will come closer to the EV’s launch date.