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Subaru Solterra – Toyota bZ4X’s “brother” is capable of operating 530 km

Subaru Solterra has two versions including FWD front-wheel drive and AWD 4-wheel drive version, capable of operating at 530 km and 460 km respectively on a single charge. Before making its international debut at the Los Angeles show, Subaru’s all-new electric SUV Solterra was introduced in the domestic market and impressed users with remarkable parameters.

It is known that the electric SUV model mentioned above is the product of Subaru’s cooperation with the Toyota brand, while this joint product under the Toyota brand is called bZ4x, and Subaru named it Solterra. Both electric SUV models share a special electric vehicle structure jointly developed by the two companies.

Overall, the size of the Subaru Solterra is announced at 4,690 x 1,860 x 1,650 mm, the wheelbase is 2,850 mm, slightly larger than the C-sized SUV Forester. Subaru says the Solterra model has a ground clearance of 210 mm and a turning radius of 5.7 meters. Comes with the chassis is a suspension system including MacPherson shock absorbers at the front and double wishbone suspension at the rear.

Due to the same DNA as bZ4X, the appearance of Subaru Solterra is quite similar to its brother from Toyota, but there are still some highlight details to make the difference between the two electric SUVs. First, the grille of the Subaru Solterra has a closed hexagonal design with Subaru’s signature Pleiades constellation logo, while the headlights come with the familiar C-shaped positioning lights.

Meanwhile, the front bumper of the car has two rather large air intakes on the sides similar to the Toyota bZ4X, but the shock bumper of the Subaru Solterra is integrated with additional fog lights at the bottom. On either side of the body, the Subaru Solterra distinguishes itself from the bZ4X model by embossed contours and recesses on the body and tailgate. Besides, the wheel arches also come with contrasting black panels.

Moving to the rear, the C-shaped taillights continue to be applied to emphasize the characteristics of Subaru. Meanwhile, similarities with the Toyota bZ4X can include the trunk door spoiler and the black panel on the rear shock bumper.

Stepping inside the car, the difference between Solterra and bZ4X seems to disappear because the interiors of the two cars are quite similar. In the middle of the dashboard is a low-position touchscreen entertainment screen, while the digital dashboard is pushed up quite high, marking the first time Subaru has equipped a digital clock for its car products. bring a very modern space inside the cockpit.

Below the entertainment screen are two air-conditioning vents, the car start button, the touch panel in charge of the HVAC system and the entertainment audio system. Next is the center console with gearshift knob and buttons for other functions such as operating mode, X-Mode, electronic handbrake and some other features.

In terms of operation, Subaru Solterra will have two versions of FWD front-wheel drive and AWD 4-wheel drive, sharing the same 355V lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 71.4 kWh. This battery pack is compatible with AC 6.6 kW charging current and DC 150 kW fast charging, but Subaru has not announced the charging time for this battery pack. In addition, Solterra also has the option to upgrade the roof with integrated solar cells.

In the FWD version, the car has a total weight of 2,205, offers a capacity of 530km on a single charge, equipped with 18-inch wheels, an electric motor with a capacity of 201 horsepower. Meanwhile, the AWD version is equipped with 2 motors with a total capacity of 214 horsepower, 18-inch rims and optional 20-inch rims, the total weight of the car is announced at 2,295 kg and is capable of operating 460 km / charging times.

According to Subaru, the Solterra will officially go on sale in Japan, the US, Canada and China in the middle of next year.

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