Subaru Canada has confirmed that prices for its battery-electric Solterra will start from just over $54K in 2023.
Introduced in November 2021 as Subaru’s first-ever “global” fully-electric vehicle, the Solterra – as in ‘Sun’ and ‘Earth’ – will be available with three different packages when sales begin early next year, though Subaru Canada has not yet confirmed the actual release date.
All three editions will feature the same dual-motor configuration, with two 80 kW e-motors – one at the front, one at the rear – mated with a 72.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, said at launch to produce a combined 215 hp and 248 lb ft of torque. Dual-Function X-MODE comes as standard will the all-wheel drive setup, which includes hill ascent and descent assist for Subaru-esque off-road capability.
100kW DC fast charging will be available alongside AC Levels One and Two options, with up to 80 per cent of top-up available via DC in a solid, if unspectacular, 50 minutes. Interestingly, the Solterra is capable of up to 360 km of electric range in Canada, though it has not yet been specified with which trim package this is possible.
The entry level ‘AWD’ package, available from $54,295, runs as standard on 18-inch aluminium alloys, and features LED lights both front and rear as well as a rear underbody diffuser said to give the Solterra “aggressive looks with a low and wide stance.” A leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated cloth front seats, and 7-inch and 8-inch driver display and infotainment touchscreens respectively are the highlights in the cabin, which also includes a six-speaker sound system and USB-C (x2) and USB-A(x1) ports.
For an additional $4,100, the ‘Luxury Package’ ($58,395) adds three additional cameras across the front bumper for a 360-degree view while parking, upgrades the 18-inch alloys to 20-inch, two-tone examples, and also throws in low profile roof rails, a split design roofline spoiler, and LED fog and ‘puddle lamps,’ among other cosmetic tweaks.
Chrome door handles make an appearance in the cabin, as does silver-accent stitching, heated steering wheel and rear seats, a 10-way driver adjustable seat, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a larger 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The ‘Technology Package’ meanwhile ($62,095) is priced $7,800 higher than the entry level AWD, and builds on the Luxury Package by adding a bizarrely un-Technological gloss black hood accent, chrome/black window trim, ambient lighting, and ventilated front seats. Admittedly the new panoramic fixed glass roof does come with a power sunshade.
All packages comes as standard with Subaru’s Eyesight driver assist system, including, among other, blind spot assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and road sign assist.