After the news was accidentally leaked online last month, Subaru Australia confirmed that its first all-electric SUV, the Toyota-based Subaru Soltera, will go on sale locally next year.
Subaru has confirmed the brand’s first-ever electric car, which is 2023 Subaru SolterraIt will make its way to Australia in the first half of next year.
Today’s official announcement comes after Subaru Australia’s website early last month revealed plans to introduce the 2023 Subaru Saltera.
At the time, Subaru Australia’s website said: “The all-electric Subaru Soltera will hit Australian roads in 2023, bringing the latest safety technology to an all-electric and environmentally responsible SUV.”
The premature announcement was quickly removed – but not before the details were widely publicized online.
Now, Subaru Australia has officially confirmed that the electric SUV will be available in Australia in the first half of next year – similar to the Toyota BZ4X twin.
Details on pricing and specifications still have to be confirmed, but other models in the midsize electric SUV segment range in price from $65,000 to $80,000 before road costs.
“The Solterra will be available to Australian customers from the first half of 2023, marking Subaru Australia’s step up in the electric vehicle category,” Blair Reed, managing director of Subaru Australia, told the media this week.
Solterra’s first example – a European left-hand drive model – has already arrived in Australia for evaluation (pictured below).
Developed as part of a partnership with Toyota, the Subaru Solterra shares its platform, body structure, interior and battery technology with the Toyota BZ4X.
The 71.4 kWh battery pack provides up to 567 km of claimed driving range, as measured against permissive lab tests at the WLTC.
Going on sale in Europe and the US this year, the all-wheel drive Solterra has two electric motors – one on each axle – for a combined output of 160 kW and 336 Nm. The 0-100 km/h time is 6.9 seconds.
A front-wheel drive version is available in select markets, but it’s unclear which variants of the new model will be available in Australia.