Welcome to the forum @Subie Longtimer! Are there other EVs you're keeping an eye out for over the next couple of years?I have a Gen 6 Outback, so i am used to a quiet and smooth highway ride. I like taking long trips in a comfortable car. If the Solterra turns out to be an electrified RAV 4, I may have to pass it up. A lot also depends on what the competition is offering in a 2/3 years, and how everything finally gets priced.
Quite frankly I want to see how Toyota/Subaru keep up with their BEV competition. They are very late getting into the game. By the time Toyota/Subaru are selling their first BEV, their competitors will be getting ready to launch their next gen cars. Grueling market out there.
300 miles at least is a must. The more range the better, especially for when winter comes around.What type of specifications or features would you like to see on the upcoming Solterra in order to seriously consider replacing your existing vehicle?
I bought my Outback XT about 6 months ago. The fuel cost is my biggest complaint, since I drive so much city. It is slightly lower than I expected. Highway mpg is good.
I would need the Solterra to have a range of 300 miles or more, factoring in that this will be close to halved in the coldest winter months. I have access to fast charging, but I would like to see them use the CCS connector.
I would want to have a spare tire, donut is fine. There are some things the tire goop can’t fix. I’d have to consider an aftermarket brand like Modern Spare if it wasn’t OEM.
I’d also like to have a dash cam. Forward facing is enough, rear would be nice also. Would be good to have it accessible through a card or MySubaru app.
Would like to have an option to vent windows like the Tesla models do for hot weather…
Charging at home, would like 5-15 and 5-20 charging over 120V, and of course a 240V option. Would be nice to also have an OEM 240V L2 option that comes with car rather than having to buy a third party one.
Most importantly the Cost - I’m hoping this is available for around $35k to $40k before rebates and incentives. Considering the F-150 Lightning is entering at $40k, I believe it’s feasible.
IMO it was easy for Subaru to maintain a unique identity when they had their boxer powertrain. They could take a Toyota body shell, stick a Subaru boxer with Subaru AWD in it, and I would be pretty happy to call it a Subaru. But with this first BEV that they are doing with Toyota, it will be a lot harder for them to keep their separate brand identity.
Not sure if this diagram will help. As for Eyesight, will incorporate the new Gen 4 version.IMO it was easy for Subaru to maintain a unique identity when they had their boxer powertrain. They could take a Toyota body shell, stick a Subaru boxer with Subaru AWD in it, and I would be pretty happy to call it a Subaru. But with this first BEV that they are doing with Toyota, it will be a lot harder for them to keep their separate brand identity.
To keep the brand alive they can focus on strengths they have already been building: safety systems (what will happen to Eyesight?), software for battery use, motor control, AWD that is their own, not borrowed from Toyota; customer service at the dealer and corporate levels (Toyota is not known for this); environmental responsibility.
Any other ideas?
Nakamura-san already mentioned at his press conference that SBR will use the Toyota platform. As far as I know, Subaru will modify the platform specifically for its symmetrical all-wheel-drive system.So does this mean that the new Subaru platform isn't going to have a frunk since the electric motor is in the front?