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New Subaru Solterra in Fresno, CA

Every car manufacturer is committed to producing electric vehicles, and now Subaru is no exception. In collaboration with Toyota, Subaru has released its first EV, the Solterra. This all-electric SUV has similar design elements to those of their bZ4X model. Thus, the Solterra offers a good range, ample tech and safety features, plus several of Subaru's signature designs like light off-roading capabilities. To learn more about the brand new Solterra and what it provides, continue reading or visit Lithia Subaru of Fresno.

A Subaru Powered by Electric

Design

As mentioned, the Solterra borrows cues from Toyota's bZ4X design, though its size is similar to that of the Forester. Unlike the Forester model, however, Solterra's body is more modern, with a standard SUV body rather than a wagon-like frame. The cabin is also unique, offering a high-mounted digital gauge cluster and an elevated center console with a large touchscreen.

To give the Solterra an airier feel, Subaru has also added a steep windshield, large side glass windows, and a panoramic sunroof. And when you look in the back, you'll find a spacious cargo area that can be expanded to 30 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded.

Trims

The Subaru Solterra is available in three trim levels:

  • Premium
  • Limited
  • Touring
 
 

Quality Onboard Features

Performance

To help propel the new Solterra, Subaru and Toyota have equipped the new model with a 72.8-kWh battery pack and two electric motors. This combination allows the Solterra to produce all-wheel drive, 215 horsepower, and 249 lb.-ft of torque.

Drivers can even distribute power however they like to, thanks to the model's four drive modes: Eco, Normal, Power, and X-mode. These drive modes aim to help the Solterra when conditions on the roads are slippery or when the terrain is uneven.

Charging & Range

According to the EPA, the new Solterra can get around 228 miles of range with a full charge. However, this is only achieved when the model rides on its 18-inch wheels. With the 20-inch tires attached, the range dips slightly to 222 miles.

Subaru also states that fully charging the Solterra from zero should take around nine hours when plugged into a Level 2 charging station. But when hooked to a 100-kW DC fast charger, the vehicle can reach an 80-percent charge in about 56 minutes.

Technology

Along with plenty of power, Subaru has given the Solterra vast amounts of technology. The center dash, for example, houses a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a wireless phone charger.

There are also features like built-in navigation and a stereo by Harman/Kardon, but these are optional. Additionally, every Solterra model also comes with a smartphone app. With the app, drivers can remotely lock and unlock the doors and control the HVAC system to set the cabin to an ideal temp before getting inside.

Safety

Safety is a top priority for Subaru, and it's why the new Solterra comes with standard advanced driver-aids and some new tech. Basic features include automatic high beams, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking. New to the Solterra and any Subaru model is the inclusion of a 360-degree camera system.