SUBARU Corporation has announced that its all-new global battery electric SUV will be named ‘SOLTERRA’ and it is scheduled to go on sale in 2022. The C-segment-class SUV will be the first Subaru vehicle to be built on the battery electric vehicle (BEV) dedicated e-Subaru Global Platform.
The e-Subaru Global platform, which has been jointly-developed by Subaru and Toyota, enables the roll out various types of EVs efficiently by combining multiple modules and components, such as the front, centre and rear of a vehicle.
Subaru and Toyota’s collaboration includes product planning, design and performance evaluation.
In a press statement, Subaru says: ‘In this development, the two companies combine their respective strengths, such as Subaru’s long-accumulated all-wheel-drive technology and Toyota’s outstanding vehicle electrification technology, to create a new SUV with attributes that only an all- electric vehicle can offer’.
It adds: ‘The name “SOLTERRA” was created by joining the word “SOL” and “TERRA”, the Latin words for the “Sun” and the “Earth” respectively. Subaru gave this name to the EV to appreciate mother nature and further advance the form of coexistence with it, together with our customers, and to represent our commitment to deliver traditional Subaru SUV’s go-anywhere capabilities in an all-electric vehicle’.
‘SOLTERRA’ will go on sale by the middle of 2022 in the markets including Japan, the U.S, Canada, Europe and China.