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SUBARU Names New All-Electric SUV “SOLTERRA”

— The first global electric vehicle for the brand aiming at coexistence with nature —

  • Battery electric SUV that SUBARU is jointly-developing with Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Built on e-SUBARU GLOBAL PLATFORM dedicated for all-electric vehicle and jointly-developed with Toyota
  • Scheduled to go on sale in the markets including Japan, the US, Canada, Europe and China by the middle of 2022

Johannesburg, May 12, 2021 – SUBARU Corporation announced that Subaru’s all-new global battery electric SUV will be named “SOLTERRA” and it is scheduled to go on sale in 2022.

“SOLTERRA” is Subaru’s all-new, all-electric C-segment-class SUV and it will be the first Subaru vehicle to be built on the battery electric vehicle (BEV) dedicated e-Subaru Global Platform.

The e-Subaru Global platform, which has been jointly-developed by Subaru and Toyota, enables to roll out various types of EVs efficiently by combining multiple modules and components, such as the front, center and rear of a vehicle. While the two companies have brought together their knowledge to create a completely new platform, Subaru have aimed to realize superior passive safety and vehicle stability, which Subaru has always been pursuing, also in this BEV dedicated platform.

Not only the platform, the SUV “SOLTERRA” has also been jointly-developed by Subaru and Toyota, and wide range of collaboration includes product planning, design and performance evaluation. In this development, the two companies combine their respective strengths, such as Subaru’s long-accumulated all-wheel-drive technology and Toyota’s outstanding vehicle electrification technology, to create a new SUV with attributes that only an all-electric vehicle can offer.

The name “SOLTERRA” was created by joining the word “SOL” and “TERRA”, the Latin words for the “Sun” and the “Earth” respectively. Subaru gave this name to the EV to appreciate mother nature and further advance the form of coexistence with it, together with our customers, and to represent our commitment to deliver traditional SOLTERRA Subaru SUV’s go-anywhere capabilities in an all-electric vehicle.

“SOLTERRA” will be joining the line of SUBARU SUVs, OUTBACK, FORESTER and SUBARU XV and go on sale by the middle of 2022 in the markets including Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe and China. The South African introduction of this model will be announced in due course.


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Name: Nteo Nkoli
Position:  Marketing Lead
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About Subaru Southern Africa

Subaru Southern Africa is wholly owned by Toyota Tsusho Corporation Japan and local subsidiary Toyota Tsusho Africa, represented by 15 dealerships and 3 standalone service centres in Southern Africa. It imports, distributes and markets the Subaru brand consisting of Impreza, XV, Forester, Outback, Legacy, WRX, and WRX STI, products of Subaru Corporation of Japan. The first Subaru’s were imported into South Africa in 1992. The vehicles are unique for their Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive™ and Boxer® engine combination technology, providing the highest level of active and passive safety, in world-class comfort, on all road surfaces and in all weather.

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