Subaru confirms fully-electric SUV, to launch within next five years

Following in the footsteps of what seems like almost every other car manufacturer on earth these days, Subaru has confirmed that it is working on a fully-electric SUV, scheduled to be launched in the “first half of 2020’s”.

Not much information has been divulged in the short 125-word statement, aside from the fact that it will be “similar in size” to the Forester. The statement also says that the all-new C-segment EV SUV will be built on a platform that is shared with Toyota.

Subaru unveiled a full-sized clay model for its upcoming EV earlier this year at a press conference in Tokyo.

The announcement did not come as a surprise, as the two companies already announced previously in June 2019 that they are jointly developing “a new C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company’s own brand” – which means, much like the GR86/BRZ, the new SUV will also be available as a Toyota.

The new fully-electric SUV will most likely be built on Toyota’s latest e-TNGA platform, utilising Subaru’s all-wheel drive technical know-how from its Symmetrical-AWD drivetrain. The new electric-focused architecture is also modular, so expect to see further models in the C- and D-segments – in both sedan and SUV form – from both marques.

The new EV SUV will reportedly use the name Evoltis.

Toyota has also recently teased its offering based on the e-TNGA platform, and stated that the first model has already “has already been developed and is being readied for production”.

The new fully-electric SUV will be Subaru’s second step in its electrification efforts. Prior to this, the Japanese carmaker has only dabbled in mild-hybrid technology using its e-Boxer powertrain, which has been featured on the Impreza, XV, and Forester. Subaru says that the Subaru XV e-Boxer and Forester e-Boxer models today represents 60% of the sales volume in Europe.


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