Subaru has just released its first all-electric SUV, which impressed us with solid off-road performance and a smooth ride. A year later, we expect to see no bigger changes. We expect that the 2024 Subaru Solterra is about to carry on with e same design. Of course, minor updates like new color options are always possible, but the overall layout will certainly remain the same.
All this means that the next year’s model will bring familiar design characteristics. This is a compact crossover, slightly bigger but also slightly less rugged than the Forester. It offers decent off-road performance, but it also has pretty nice manners on the road. The power and acceleration are adequate, though it would certainly use a few more miles of range. Furthermore, it doesn’t feature the fastest charging technology in the class, while the cabin feels too simple to some.
With no bigger changes to come, we expect the 2024 Subaru Solterra to hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2024 Subaru Solterra Design
As mentioned, the 2024 Subaru Solterra will represent the second production year and therefore, we don’t expect to see bigger changes. This all-electric EV was developed with Toyota, which offers a very similar model called bZ4X. The differences are minor, and probably the only thing you’ll notice is a slightly different front-end design. Other than that, things are largely the same.
Unlike Toyota’s SUV, which is also available with front-wheel drive, the Solterra comes exclusively with all-wheel-drive. It also features a pretty decent 8.3 inches of ground clearance, which ensures pretty decent off-road potential. Speaking of the off-road potential, this SUV also includes Subaru’s well-known X-Mode, as well as hill descent and ascent control. At the same time, the on-road manners are pretty nice and Solterra offers a pretty smooth and comfortable ride.
Opinions are divided about SOlterra’s interior. Some reviews suggest it is too simple, not to say bland. We think it looks very nice. The dashboard is rather simplistic, but it comes with a couple of attractive details, including a cockpit-style instrument cluster. The overall build quality is pretty good, and the cabin includes nice materials along with a lot of attention to detail.
The front seats are designed pretty well and offer good support. Moreover, they offer great ergonomics, along with very good outward visibility, so there aren’t any things to complain about when it comes to driving position. Thanks to the long wheelbase, the second row is as generous as the first, with enough space to accommodate adults with ease.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 30 cubic feet behind the second row, which is about average for an all-electric SUV of this size.
This will be the second production year and, therefore, it shouldn’t feature any bigger changes in this aspect. Minor tweaks are possible but most things should remain the same. Therefore, base models should come equipped with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and automatic climate control.
Among available features, expect to find a 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation and a Harman Kardon stereo, as well as a digital key and a panoramic moonroof.
As for the safety features, the current model is equipped very well. It comes standard with goodies like blind-spot monitoring, emergency steering assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and many more. You can also opt for features like surround-view camera, park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers and more.
2024 Subaru Solterra Drivetrain, Battery, Performance
This aspect definitely won’t bring any changes. The 2024 Subaru Solterra will continue with just one setup on offer, which includes two electric motors, one on each axle. The max output is rated at 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to ensure adequate acceleration and overall performance. Thanks to the excellent grip, provided by all-wheel drive, the 0-60 acceleration takes no more than 6.5 seconds.
The Solterra is reasonably quick, though the batter features just around 70 kWh of capacity. That’s enough for up to 228 miles of range, which isn’t bad but it is still slightly below average for the class. Moreover, the charging speed is a little bit lower compared to rivals, so using a fast charger would require nearly an hour to recharge 80% of the battery.
2024 Subaru Solterra Release Date and Price
With no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2024 Subaru Solterra will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. The starting price should go around 45.000 dollars, while the most expensive versions could go up to 53.000 dollars.