Subaru will soon be joining the EV crossover market with its very own model – the Solterra. When it was first announced earlier this year, the automaker didn't disclose details about the vehicle. They did provide a shadowy teaser photo to give us an idea of what it will look like. While it was hard to make out, the EV did resemble its Toyota twin – the bZ4X.
Thankfully, Subaru has now given us a better look at their upcoming EV crossover. They also announced that the Solterra will be arriving next year in 2022.
Based on the new photos, the 2022 Solterra will look very much identical to the bZ4X, and we're not exaggerating. The main photo above gives a clear look at the EV's side profile and shows the design similarities. The shape of the headlights and taillight, fenders, and even the C-pillars between the two are the same. Possibly the only difference would be the wheels and the finish on the fenders. The roof of the Subaru has also been painted body color instead of black like the Toyota.
The teaser images also provide a glimpse of the interior. Even with the dark lighting, it's easy to see the similarities between the Solterra and bZ4X. The digital instrument cluster is mounted high up on the dashboard, away from the driver. Placed at the center is a large touchscreen infotainment system with controls below it. Even the design of the sidings and center console box appears to have been shared.
After seeing the new teaser photos, it's hard to imagine how Subaru plans to differentiate the Solterra from the bZ4X aside from the badges. One possibility is to revise the front bumper, similar to the BRZ and the Toyota 86.
There's still a long way to go before the new "Toyobaru" twins are fully revealed. Toyota plans to launch the bZ4X later this year, while the Subaru will launch the Solterra in 2022. Hopefully, we'll see some changes between the two before they officially debut.