What’s in a name? According to Subaru, the answer is a commitment to environmental responsibility and its first all-electric SUV, dubbed Solterra. The newly christened Solterra is a compact SUV developed in partnership with Toyota. In addition to the moniker, Subaru has revealed teaser photos along with scant details of the EV, which is set to arrive in 2022.
The Toyota Connection
The new Solterra shares the automaker’s global electric platform and several design elements with the Toyota bZ4X Concept, but unlike Toyota, Subaru takes a more conventional approach to naming its battery-powered SUV. A marriage of the Latin words “sol” (meaning sun) and “terra” (meaning earth) gives a nod to the upcoming EV’s earth-friendly intent.
The Solterra also marries Toyota’s electrification technology with Subaru’s all-wheel-drive capability. Although Subaru is staying mum on the Solterra’s powertrain and performance specs prior to the official reveal, we do know the vehicle will be equipped with the automaker’s standard AWD found across its SUV lineup.