Subaru’s first ever EV, the Solterra SUV, has arrived, with an AWD and an AWD Touring model making their debuts in dealerships in the coming days. Priced from $69,990 plus on-roads, it delivers 485km of range and will charge to 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes.
Built on the e-Subaru Global Platform, the Solterra brings reliability, cutting-edge infotainment and safety, and symmetrical AWD, it just happens to be bundled into an electric vehicle.
Both variants will come standard with a complimentary 5-year warranty and service plan, 5-years roadside assistance, carpet mats, a cargo tray and a 2kW AC charging cable, with a 10-amp wall plug for charging.
Powered by a high voltage 71.4kW lithium-ion battery, the Solterra delivers a maximum power output of 160kW and 337Nm of torque. As mentioned above, charging from 0-80 per cent via a 150kW DC charger takes approximately 30 minutes.
A single-phase 7kW AC charger will take around 9.5-hours to reach 100 per cent, while the same charge cycle on an 11kW three-phase setup takes 6.5-hours. The Solterra offers 212mm of ground clearance and dual mode X-Mode off road capability.
The Solterra also includes a new grip control function, as well as a 12.3-inch high-definition touchscreen. The latter features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 6-speaker sound system (the Touring has a 10-speaker Harman Kardon setup).
It also grabs a panoramic glass sunroof. For buyers of the base model AWD, you’ll find 18-inch alloy wheels, dusk-sensing, self-levelling LED headlights, power folding mirrors, puddle lamps, a powered tailgate, roof rails, and a heated steering wheel.
You’ll also get an 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, and heating for both front, and the rear outboard pews. Regeneration mode paddles, a digital rear view mirror and dual zone climate control with rear vents, all feature.
USB-A and USB-C ports are standard, along with dynamic radar cruise control, emergency stop and steering assist, lane departure alert, lane trace assist, road sign assist, a speed limiter, and Subaru’s Vision Assist safety suite.
It adds adaptive high beam, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic 360-degree view monitor, rear cross traffic alert, safe exit assist, and two driver monitoring functions.
The Touring adds 20-inch alloys, auto-dipping door mirrors, an 8-way power seat for the front passenger, wireless phone charging and advanced part assist. The 2024 Subaru Solterra is available in Galactic Black, Smoked Carbon and Elemental Red.
You can also choose Dark Blue Mica, Harbour Mist Grey Pearl and Cosmic White Pearl across the range. The two Pearl colours can be optioned as two-tone on the Touring variant. Black synthetic leather trim is exclusive to the range-topper.
To find out more, contact your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
UPDATE: Subaru has confirmed a price drop for both the entry level AWD (to the above updated price), and the Touring variant, which is now priced at $76,990 plus on-roads.