Subaru Solterra electric SUV confirmed for Australia in 2023

After accidentally leaking the news online last month, Subaru Australia has confirmed that its first all-electric SUV, the Toyota-based Subaru Solterra, will go on sale locally next year.

Subaru has confirmed the brand’s first-ever electric vehicle, the Subaru Solterra 2023will make its way to Australia in the first half of next year.

Today’s official announcement comes after Subaru Australia’s website prematurely revealed plans for the introduction of the 2023 Subaru Solterra last month.

At the time, Subaru Australia’s website stated: “The all-electric Subaru Solterra will hit Australian roads in 2023, bringing cutting-edge safety technology to an environmentally friendly all-electric SUV.”

The premature announcement was quickly deleted – but not before the details were widely shared on the internet.

Now, Subaru Australia has officially confirmed that the electric SUV will be available in Australia in the first half of next year – at a similar time to its Toyota BZ4X twin.

Pricing and spec details are yet to be confirmed, but other models in the midsize electric SUV segment are priced between $65,000 and $80,000 before on-road costs.

“Solterra will be available to Australian customers from the first half of 2023, marking Subaru Australia’s entry into the electric vehicle category,” Subaru Australia managing director Blair Read told media this week.

The first example of the Solterra – a European left-hand drive model – has already arrived in Australia for evaluation (pictured below).

Developed in partnership with Toyota, the Subaru Solterra shares its platform, body, interior and battery technology with the Toyota BZ4X.

A 71.4kWh battery delivers up to 567km of claimed range, measured against lenient WLTC lab tests.

Due to go on sale in Europe and the United States this year, the Solterra all-wheel drive has two electric motors – one on each axle – for a combined output of 160kW and 336Nm. The 0-100km time /h is claimed in 6.9 seconds.

A front-wheel-drive version is available in some markets, but it’s unclear which variants of the new model will be available in Australia.

Rob Margeit has been an automotive journalist for over 20 years, covering both motorsport and the automotive industry. Rob joined CarAdvice in 2016 after a long career at Australian Consolidated Press. Rob covers automotive news and car reviews while writing in-depth feature articles on cars and automakers of historical significance. He also enjoys discovering obscure models and researching their genesis and history.

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