Presented at the end of last year, the new Subaru Solterra finally unveils its prices for the United States. We compared it to the Model Y, its main rival.
Remember, that was late last year. At that time, Subaru officially lifted the veil on its all-new Solterra, which is none other than the technical cousin of the Toyota bZ4X and other Lexus RZ 450e, recently presented. A newcomer to the range of the Japanese manufacturer, which has so far been lagging behind in terms of the electrification of its range, compared to other competing brands.
With the arrival of this new electric SUV in the range, Subaru therefore hopes to fill its gaps, while taking advantage of Toyota’s expertise. Direct rival of the Tesla Model Y but also of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and other Volkswagen ID.4, this Solterra will undoubtedly have a lot to do to find its place. Will its prices and its endowment be able to help it to pull out of the game?
And for good reason, Subaru has just unveiled the range and price of its new Solterra for the United States, displayed from 44,995 dollars, or around 42,455 euros according to the current exchange rate. A price to be revised undoubtedly upwards due to the taxes inherent in France, which could then exceed 45,000 euros, making it then only eligible for the ecological bonus of 2,000 euros in France.
Competitor of the Tesla Model Y (62,000 dollars in the USA) in the SUV segment, this newcomer to the catalog is distinguished by a lower price than the Long Autonomy version embodying the entry level. In total, no less than three finishes are offered, including the Premium variant, the most accessible. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, just like its American rival. Customers can also enjoy a 12.3-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, compared to 15 inches for the Tesla, which does not offer these features.
Launch in the next few months
Expected in Europe in a few months, probably this summer, the new electric SUV is also equipped with an X-Mode function and Grip Control, improving off-road driving, a specialty of the brand, which allows it to distinguish itself from You’re here. Only one version is offered in the catalog, with 217 horsepower and 336 Nm of torque, allowing it to achieve 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
This is much more than the Tesla Model Y Grande Autonomie, which only needs 5 seconds to perform the same exercise. With a 71.4 kWh battery (against 75 kWh for the Model Y), the Subaru Solterra can travel between 460 and 530 kilometers on a single charge. This is done in 30 minutes on a 150 kW terminal. Opposite, the Model Y can climb up to 533 kilometers.
Nevertheless, Tesla vehicles benefit from the excellent network of Superchargers, which is gradually opening up to other manufacturers in certain European countries, but very gradually.
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