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Subaru retailers to welcome new Solterra EV crossover in mid-2022

Subaru's new Solterra EV crossover

Subaru retailers across the UK will welcome their first fully electric vehicle (EV) into showrooms in the middle of 2022.

The new Solterra sits on a platform co-developed with Toyota – which has already revealed its forthcoming bZ4x EV crossover – and will go on sale in Europe in the middle of 2022, according to the Japanese brand.

Toyota and Subaru entered into a new business and capital alliance in September 2019.

Subaru revealed that the Solterra will be available in 204PS two-wheel-drive or 218PS four-wheel drive formats, with the former capable of a headline cruising range of around 331 miles.

Inside Subaru's new Solterra EV crossoverThe AWD version will drive the front and rear wheels with separate motors and should be able to cover 288 zero-emission miles on a single charge.

The Solterra’s high-capacity battery packs will be placed under the floor and by utilising the battery as part of the vehicle structure, it will achieve a low centre of gravity and high body strength.

Four-wheel drive Solterra models will also feature the X-Mode AWD control system that enhances the sense of security on rough roads.

By adding a 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.

Subaru UK managing director, John HurtigSubaru suffered new car sales volumes which managing director John Hurtig branded “embarrassing” in a COVID-impacted 2020.

Hurtig said that the Japanese car brand needed to “rebuild the dealer network from the roots” as it made a bid to reverse the performance, which saw just 951 vehicles registered last year.

Year-to-date to the end of October, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) new car registrations data showed that Subaru’s sales were up 129% to 1,766 (2020: 771).

Retailers will be hoping that the new EV will keep new car sales moving in the right direction.

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