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Subaru is making an EV. When can you get one?

Subaru’s
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first electric vehicle will be an SUV, the 2023 Solterra. It will go on sale in the middle of 2022 as a 2023 model.

That’s nearly all anyone outside of Subaru knows about the Solterra. The company just released the date, along with some cleverly disguised photos revealing a few parts of the car.

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It shares a platform with Toyota’s
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upcoming bZ4x electric SUV, which only tells us a little. Toyota has kept the bZ4x’s specifications under wraps as well. We expect the Solterra to start at around $45,000, but Subaru has given no hint about pricing.

Subaru promises that the Solterra is “the most technologically advanced Subaru ever” and features “legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive and plenty of ground clearance.”

We suspect that the Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive they refer to is not the same system found on gas-powered Subarus. Engineers can easily build an AWD EV by attaching an electric motor to each axle so that all four wheels have power, which seems like a mechanically simpler approach than adapting the existing Symmetrical AWD system to work with an electric motor.

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We’ll bring more on the Solterra as soon as Subaru has more to say. Meanwhile, enjoy thinking about the work that went into obscuring the profile for this shot:

The Subaru Solterra


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This story originally ran on KBB.com.

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