TopElectricSUV.com has discovered design patent images of the concept version of the Subaru electric car that is referred to by the web media as the ‘Evoltis’ unveiled in January last year at a company event. The black and white photographs offer the clearest look so far of the body lines, angles, and proportions of the concept that is expected to spawn the most radical Subaru model launched in history, later this year.
In December 2020, Subaru announced that it will unveil a mid-size electric SUV that sits on a platform shared with Toyota in the first half of 2021. This model should be the rumored Subaru ‘Evoltis’ and a sister car to the Toyota mid-size electric SUV (Toyota BZ3X) that was announced the same month.
Subaru may seem slow in taking to full electrification, but it has been secretly developing its first electric vehicle that could leave the brand with a strong contender in the crossover-SUV market early this decade. The first Subaru electric car, reportedly called Subaru Evoltis, is to compete with the Nissan Ariya and VW ID.4.
Subaru Evoltis positioning
The C-segment is the most popular class worldwide and gives automakers a very high level of scale. That explains why Volkswagen, Nissan and Skoda are focusing on electric cars in the C-segment first. Consider the VW ID.3, the VW ID.4, Nissan Leaf, Skoda Enyaq and the Nissan Ariya for instance. In line with the industry trend, Subaru plans to launch a C-segment BEV first, and it will be an SUV top hat.
Subaru Evoltis size & specs
The above picture shows the component structure of the platform with the drive system mounted under the hood and the battery pack embedded in the floor. It suggests that the Subaru Evoltis may not feature a front trunk or a ‘frunk’, but it does hint at a flat floor that should allow a lounge-like interior, and a wide fully-digital instrument cluster.
Subaru has said that its mid-size electric SUV debuting by June will be similar in size to the Subaru Forester. The electric SUV will presumably be based on the e-TNGA platform that Toyota announced along with its mid-size electric SUV in December last year. Speaking to autonews.com in 2019, Kazuhiro Abe, Senior Vice President – Product Planning, Subaru, had said that the Subaru EV will have dimensions similar to the Forester or the Toyota RAV4.
For reference, the Subaru Forester measures 182.1 inches in length, 71.5 inches in width and 67.5 inches (w/o roof rails)/68.1 inches (w/ roof rails) in height. The Toyota RAV4 is 180.9 inches long, 73.0 inches wide and 67.0 inches tall. Being based on a dedicated EV platform, the Subaru Evoltis should have a wheelbase longer than that of the Subaru Forester (105.1 inches).
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Abe had revealed that the Subaru Electric Car may come in a single-motor front-wheel drive variant and a dual-motor all-wheel drive variant appealing to a wider band of customers and needs. Toyota has confirmed that it will be possible to offer e-TNGA models in front-, rear- or four-wheel drive drivetrain layout.
Toyota and Subaru have agreed to jointly develop a C-segment BEV SUV for sale with their own badges. The reason Subaru is borrowing Toyota’s technical resources for the Evoltis instead of indigenously developing it is that it wants to keep the investment and risk low, Tomomi Nakamura, Representative Director, President and CEO, Subaru had said this in an interview with autonews.com. Concurring that the upcoming electric SUV is a compliance car to adhere to California’s emission regulation, he suggests that the project is driven as much by the law as by the market demand.
Having been selling a wide range of hybrid EVs for years now, and also a few pure EVs since recently, Toyota possesses expertise in electrification that Subaru lacks. While Toyota may have a higher contribution to the development of the platform due to its better know-how with regards to electrification, Subaru will leverage its strengths in areas like all-wheel drive and control.
There are still some uncertainties about how fast the market for electric vehicles will grow, how far the cost of batteries will come down, and so on. Under these circumstances, we believe there is an opportunity in efficiently using our relatively limited resources as an automobile manufacturer in model development by switching from in-house development to joint development.Subaru reasoning its decision for a joint BEV development during the Q2 FY2020 analyst briefing Q&A session
Subaru Evoltis design
The Subaru Evoltis will also mark a new design chapter for the brand with an evolution of the “Dynamic x Solid” design language. The design would express a dynamic and strong feel while some features such as the extended body protectors (first noted on the Viziv Adrenaline Concept of 2019) would give it the familiarity of a Subaru vehicle.
The Evoltis won’t be just a rebadged Toyota, Abe suggested. It will have an individual design and its own character compared to the Toyota BEV SUV. At a technology briefing on January 20, 2020 in Japan, Subaru showcased a life-size concept previewing what a Subaru electric SUV could look like. The concept featured a crossover-like body with sharply designed panels in a compact packaging.
Subaru Evoltis production
Manufacturing of the Toyota mid-size electric SUV will take place at a ‘Toyota ZEV Factory’ in Japan, and the Subaru mid-size electric SUV should also roll out of that plant.
Subaru Evoltis USA launch
Subaru is concerned about the effect of the American state of California’s ban on new gasoline and diesel vehicles on its sales, as per a report from jp.reuters.com. “We cannot easily change the policy, so we will first proceed with our roadmap,” Nakamura said (translated) in October 2020. He added that the Subaru electric cars co-developed with Toyota would “do well.” Expect the US launch of the first Subaru EV to take place in 2022.
Subaru Electric Car FAQs
When is the Subaru Electric Car release date?
Subaru will unveil its electric car in the first half of 2021 and could launch it in the U.S. market in 2022.
What will be the Subaru Electric car price?
Subaru may price the Evoltis from around $40,000 to compete with VW and Nissan.
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