Playing off its reputation for sensible, earth-friendly adventure vehicles, Subaru joins the EV marketplace with a small crossover designed around the outdoorsy activities Subaru owners are known for. The 2023 Solterra—whose name is a combination of the Latin words for “Sun” and “Earth,” is a small, AWD, two-motor electric SUV that’s closely related to Toyota’s bZ4X but is tweaked to appeal to the Subaru customer with a focus on moderate off-road capability and crash safety.
The overall shape of the Subaru and Toyota twins is the same, a long wheelbase broken up by numerous angles and body lines in the sheetmetal ending in short overhangs at nose and tail. Subaru’s current design language of plastic-cladded sides extends beyond the wheel arches up the front fenders to flank a body-color hexagonal grille whose blocked-out design clearly defines the Solterra as an electric vehicle at first look. In the back are jutting awnings of a dual roof wing—those seem to be more for looks than aero, leaving any real air management duties to the slim ducktail at the base of the rear glass. The tailgate is flanked by complicated multi-element taillights with a dark surround that runs along the edge of the back profile. The current styling trend in SUVs seems to be an action-packed design with a lot of changing surfaces, and the Solterra reflects this. Its overall stance is appealing though, with 8.3 inches of ground clearance and the tucked in nose and rear which do make it look ready for at least some camping roads if not all-out rock crawling.
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