While other manufacturers have taken auto electrification seriously, Subaru has been pretty slow to jump on the EV bandwagon. The automaker has a hybrid version of the Crosstrek, and that's about it. The 2023 Subaru Solterra will be the carmaker's first all-electric car. Considering that most manufacturers already have standard EV lineups, we can say that Subaru is lagging in this category. The 2023 Solterra is a collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Both Japanese manufacturers partnered to build the SUV, and Toyota is marketing their variant as the Toyota bZ4X.
While both EVs have some differences, they're built on the same platform. We've seen Subaru and Toyota team up and do something similar with the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86. Subaru joined the Toyota Motor Group in 2020, and Toyota has kept increasing its stake in Subaru. With this, we can expect more collaboration between both manufacturers. The 2023 Subaru Solterra will be available from mid-2022, but before that, we'd like to share our favorite features of the SUV.
10 Multiple Useful Drive Modes
The 2023 Solterra comes with four drive modes; eco, normal, sports, and X-mode. With the sport mode, drivers can get a sportier performance though we're not sure about the specifics since Subaru is yet to offer detailed information.
The X-mode will only be available only on the higher trim levels with dual electric motors. Subaru has been using their X-mode for some time now, and it's quite effective. The X-mode feature assists the driver in bad driving situations where the tires experience slippage. On the Solterra, X-mode can be easily activated by a button.
9 Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive
After Subaru developed the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, most of their models since the 1970s have featured the system. However, rear-wheel-drive sports cars like the Subaru BRZ and Kei cars are exempt. There are now different variations of Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive, but basically, the system is made up of a Boxer engine mounted longitudinally and symmetrical drivetrain.
For their first pure electric car, Subaru also implemented the system. With the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, the 2023 Solterra will tackle different terrains and deliver uniform stability.
8 E-Subaru Global Platform
The Subaru Global Platform refers to the manufacturer's modular unibody platform. Often abbreviated as SGP, Subaru's platform was first used for the brand's Impreza in the 2016 model year. Now, most of their cars are built on the platform.
With the imminent release of Subaru's first pure EV, the manufacturer has developed an electric version of their global platform. The 2023 Solterra is built on the new e-Subaru Global Platform, and future electric cars from the company will be built on the same platform.
7 Zero Emissions
Though Subaru has been slow to adopt electrification, the manufacturer seems to care about auto emissions on the environment. Most, if not all of Subaru's models meet the strict emission regulations in the United States, but the manufacturer still takes steps to reduce the emissions.
For one, Subaru has Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV) in their lineup. PZEVs are gasoline-powered cars with zero evaporative emissions. Now with their first all-electric vehicle, Subaru has a completely emission-free car.
6 New Safety And Driver's Assistance Features
Subaru is known for building safe, reliable, and practical cars. The Japanese manufacturer's philosophy centers around safety and reliability, so we don't expect the 2023 Solterra to be different. Apart from their regular safety features, Subaru has some new features that will debut on the Solterra.
These new features are the safety exit alert, 360° surround-view camera, and parking support brakes. The new safety exit alert uses an audio and visual projection to warn passengers of cars, pedestrians, or any obstacles on the road while they try to exit the vehicle.
5 One-Pedal Driving
With one-pedal driving, drivers can drive a car entirely by the accelerator pedal alone. One-pedal driving in electric cars is possible through regenerative braking. Basically, regenerative braking takes wasted kinetic energy from the car braking process and uses it to recharge the EV's battery.
The concept is also known as the energy recovery process. Most electric cars can perform regenerative braking and some can support one-pedal driving. What makes the Subaru Solterra different is that it the driver can select regenerative braking levels from the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
4 Water-Repellent Upholstery
Inside the Solterra's precisely designed interior, the seats are covered with StarTex water-repellent material. StarTex is Subaru's non-leather upholstery option and the material is made of polyurethane. Since the Solterra is an adventure car, it's practical that the manufacturer used a water-repellent material to outfit the car's upholstery.
Apart from being more durable than leather, the StarTex water-repellent material also has less weight. Other Subaru models like the Crosstrek Sport, Outback Wilderness Edition, Forester Wilderness Edition, and the Ascent Onyx Edition.
3 Dual Tailgate Spoilers
As part of the Solterra's aerodynamic engineering, the SUV sports dual rear spoilers at the top of the tailgate. The spoilers are shaped like flaps and are placed on each side of the tailgate's top. Like the expertly carved lines on the SUV's body, the tailgate spoilers will help minimize drag.
The spoilers will also enhance acceleration and general performance. Though the dual spoiler design on the Subaru Solterra isn't popular, it looks stylish. Toyota's BZ4X also features dual tailgate spoilers.
2 Solterra Connect App
Most Subaru cars use the Starlink app but the manufacturer has developed a new app for their new EV. The Solterra is equipped with the Solterra Connect App which we assume is exclusive to Solterra models.
With the Solterra Connect App, drivers can remotely regulate the climate control, access smart navigation, and unlock the vehicle. The app also assists drivers to find charging stations nearby. What's more exciting is the voice activated assistant which is prompted by saying "Hey, Subaru".
1 Charging Access
Surely, the Solterra is the first of many electric cars from Subaru. While making EVs, it's important that charging stations are easily accessible to customers. For this reason, many manufacturers have partnered with electric charging companies to improve charging Access.
Following the unveiling of the Solterra, Subaru announced that they've selected EVgo as their main charging partner. The choice is solid because EVgo is currently the leading charging company with over 800 locations. Also, EVgo has 100% renewable energy, so Solterra owners will have a broad charging access.