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2023 Subaru Solterra comes with $46,220 price tag, shares design with Toyota BZ4X

Just as the jointly developed Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 feature common styling inside and out, Subaru’s upcoming Solterra battery-electric crossover will match the Toyota model developed alongside it, the BZ4X.

The BZ4X was first shown as a concept in April and finally revealed in production guise last week. The Solterra is confirmed for its own reveal on November 10. Both vehicles will reach U.S. showrooms in mid-2022 as 2023 models.

While the BZ4X name signifies the Toyota as a member of a new BZ family of electric vehicles, the Solterra name is a combination of the Latin words for “sun” and “earth.”

And the vehicle it will be attached to will rival Subaru’s Forester in size, and be able to seat five. Similarly, the BZ4X rivals Toyota’s RAV4 in size.

Underpinning the Solterra and BZ4X is a dedicated EV platform. While development of the platform was spearheaded by Toyota, Subaru was tapped for its expertise in all-wheel-drive systems. Subaru has branded its version of the platform the e-Subaru Global Platform, or eSGP for short. Toyota calls its version the e-TNGA.

Subaru hasn’t mentioned any specs but expect these to be a match with the Toyota. For the Japanese market, the BZ4X will offer a single battery with a capacity of 71.4 kilowatt-hours and buyers will be able to choose from a front-wheel-drive powertrain with 201 hp or an all-wheel-drive setup with 214 hp. A top speed hasn’t been mentioned but 0-62 mph acceleration takes 8.4 seconds with FWD and 7.7 seconds with AWD.

2023 Toyota BZ4X

With either powertrain configuration you’re looking at close to 300 miles based on the WLTP test cycle used overseas. This figure will likely be lower when measured using the tougher EPA cycle. Charging at up to 150 kilowatts is possible, which will enable an 80% charge in 30 minutes. Toyota has confirmed that a roof-mounted solar panel will also be offered on the BZ4X in some markets, and we should see the same with the Solterra.

Production will be handled at plants in China and Japan.

Note, the Solterra won’t be Subaru’s first EV. That honor goes to the Subaru Stella electric minicar launched in Japan in 2009.

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