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Subaru Evoltis: The first electric car will be an SUV

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I n the summer of 2019, Subaru and shareholder Toyota will jointly develop electric cars announced for both brands. Toyota is responsible for the drive module as part of the collaboration, Subaru is contributing its all-wheel drive expertise to the project. The first model that Subaru realizes on the E-platform 'E-TNGA' (Electric Toyota New Global Architecture) will be a compact SUV. His name: Subaru Evoltis. The Japanese recently had this name protected.

The new platform is designed to be flexible and allows front and rear-wheel drive and, important for Subaru, all-wheel drive. It is equipped for battery packs with a capacity between 50 and 100 kWh. Accordingly, the ranges of the Subaru SUV could be between 300 and 600 kilometers. On the drive side, two electric motors are installed on each axle for all-wheel drive. In the basic version, the model then has an output of 160 kW (218 hp), while the top version has 300 kW (408 hp). The latter could also be available as an STI version with some optical features and adjustments to the chassis.

Subaru grille is closed

For the interior, Subaru sees the latest version of Infortainment and is coming Connectivity before. They install a touchscreen in the dashboard, Android Auto and Apple Car Play are also on board, as is the ability to charge smartphones wirelessly. It is still questionable whether Subaru will adopt the Toyota driver assistance system (TSS 3.0) or use its own Eye-Sight X system.

The design study that Subaru presented at the beginning of 2020 is an SUV coupé and takes traditional style elements such as the hexagonal radiator grille (here as a closed mask) and the angular wheel arches, but otherwise looks much more modern than the current model series.

From 2035 only electrified Subaru cars

A sketch shows the rear of the SUV coupé

By the year 2050, the Japanese want to reduce CO2 emissions in their value chain by 90 percent from production to driving a car on the road .

To achieve this, the drives are gradually being electrified. In the USA there is the Subaru XV called Crosstrek already as a plug-in hybrid with technical components from the Toyota Prius. In Europe, the hybrids called e-Boxers in the form of the new Forester and the XV are currently on the market. In 2030, 40 percent of all new Subaru with electrified drive will roll off the assembly line. Just five years later, pure combustion engines are no longer to be built.

A more powerful hybrid drive that will take over the corresponding technical modules from Toyota is also part of the planning. The boxer engine as a typical feature is to remain part of the brand and will be further developed. The new Subaru Levorg, which was presented as a near-series study at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019, gets a new 1.8 liter turbo engine in boxer design.


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