Subaru has released a pair of teaser images of its first electric car, which will be called the Solterra EV. Coming to the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan in 2022, it will be powered by the electric vehicle platform that Subaru has been co-developing with fellow Japanese automaker Toyota.
In true teaser fashion, the images dont show off too much. One, which appears to be more of a rendering than an actual photograph, reveals that the EV will… roughly look similar to Subarus other SUVs, though it seems to be on the smaller side. The other is a close-up of the rear badge, with a subtle splash of mud as a nod toward Subarus outdoorsy bona fides.
Thats basically all Subaru is saying for now, though. No pricing, no specs, and no information about whether Subaru will use the Solterra as a chance to refresh the way it designs its vehicle interiors (as many other automakers have with their first electric vehicles). Pretty much the only other detail Subaru shared is that the name was created using the Latin words for Sun and Earth to represent Subarus commitment to deliver traditional SUV capabilities in an environmentally responsible package which, as far as corporate naming conventions go, is kind of refreshingly harmonic, even for Subaru.
Solterra is certainly more pleasing to the eyes than BZ4X, which is the name of the first SUV Toyota will build on this shared platform with Subaru. The BZ4X is also due out in 2022 and will be built on this shared platform, which Toyota calls the e-TNGA and Subaru calls e-Subaru (which is not so harmonic). The companies have said that the vehicles built on this platform will benefit from Subarus experience with making really good all-wheel drive systems and Toyotas years of developing battery tech for its hybrids.
As thin as the press release is, being able to talk about Subarus first EV never felt like a total given. Along with Toyota, Subaru has avoided making a splashy or expensive transition to electric vehicles during a time when most every other automaker took the leap. The companys slow approach has, at best, seemed like a sober read of the current market and, at worst, seemed out of touch like when it advertised its all-wheel drive technology as a great opportunity to cope with recent climate change in a since-deleted press release.