11 November 2021 | Model releases, Winger News

Introducing the new Electric All-Wheel Drive Subaru Solterra SUV

The Subaru Solterra – named by combining the Latin words for ‘sun’ and ‘earth’- is built on the e-Subaru Global Platform, which is a new AWD, all-electric vehicle architecture. The Solterra EV brings the Subaru brand’s trusted reliability, state-of-the-art safety technology, and legendary AWD engineering to an environmentally responsible all-electric SUV.

Read all about this amazing new vehicle coming to the market here. Register your interest to ensure you can get your hands on one here!

e-Subaru Global Platform

  • Utilising the know-how cultivated with the highly recognised Subaru Global Platform, Subaru has jointly developed the e-Subaru Global Platform together with Toyota Motor Corporation as a BEV-dedicated platform. The e-Subaru Global Platform enables a driving experience with superior driving dynamics, which brings high stability and handling that linearly responds to driver’s steering operation.
  • High-capacity battery packs are placed under the floor as it is a BEV, and by utilising that battery as a part of the structure, a low centre of gravity and high body strength and rigidity are realised.


Driving Performance/AWD System

  • Solterra has adopted a new system that drives the front and rear wheels with separate motors. Taking advantage of the expertise in AWD technology precisely controlling the four tyres that Subaru has accumulated over many years, the agile response of the electric motors and the flexible driving force distribution between front and rear, Solterra fully utilises the grip of all four wheels and offers driving confidence and peace of mind.
  •  Like the other Subaru SUV models, Solterra features the X-Mode AWD control system that enhances the sense of security on rough roads. By adding the new Grip Control function, which enables the vehicle to run at a constant speed while stabilising the vehicle even on rough roads, the capability is further enhanced.


Exterior and Interior 

  • The seamlessly shaped hexagon grille expresses the energy efficiency of a BEV. The body with the horizontal axis starting from that hexagon and the dynamic fenders bulging out from the inside show the strength as an SUV.
  • Low instrumental panel and top-mounted meters, a first for Subaru, located on the instrumental panel and visible above the steering wheel realised the spacious interior.



  • By devising the skeleton shape of each part of the body and optimising the material strength, Solterra achieves both weight reduction and superior collision safety at the same time.
  • In the event of a collision, the structure that transfers the load to multiple body skeletons efficiently absorbs the collision energy. It protects not only the vehicle occupants but also protects the high-voltage equipment in the BEV


Coming to New Zealand

  • The Solterra launch will start by the middle of 2022 in some international markets including Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe and China.  Subaru of New Zealand are working with Subaru Corporation to confirm a timeline for Solterra to arrive on New Zealand shores. Register your interest to be kept up to date.






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