First Subaru electric car (Evoltis) enters production in 2022 – Report

The first Subaru electric car will enter production in Spring 2022 (March-May 2022) according to a leaked production schedule posted on cochespias.net. The image suggests that no other Subaru electric car is planned until 2024. A media report speculated that ‘Evoltis’ could be the name, but note that the company has not confirmed product details.

Subaru electric car debut

Subaru’s electric drive ambitions were formally made public in January 2020 when an oddly-styled concept vehicle (pictured) was displayed by the company at a technology briefing in Japan. It was then said that the first electric car from the Japanese automaker would be launched in 2025. The product, at an early stage of development, would be the result of Subaru’s partnership with Toyota and would be a full-electric crossover.

As per a report on the Japanese media outlet response.jp filed in April, Subaru fans won’t have to wait forever for a taste of a pure-electric vehicle from the Tokyo-headquartered firm that specializes in all-wheel drive cars. The publication writes that the Subaru electric car would be unveiled in October 2021 which incidentally coincides with the usual dates of the biennial Tokyo Motor Show.

Subaru Electric Car platform developed jointly with Toyota
The Subaru Evoltis would be built on the dedicated Electric Vehicle platform (pictured) jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru since mid-2019.

Subaru announced in June 2019 that it had agreed with Toyota to jointly develop an EV-only platform and on it a C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company’s own brand. The platform would be capable of generating midsize and large passenger vehicles that run purely on battery power. The companies said C-segment-class and D-segment-class sedans and SUVs were considered as the second step on the dedicated EV platform.

Subaru Evoltis Design, Range & Features

Response reports that the Evoltis crossover would run on a newly developed next-generation EV powertrain with a maximum output of around 290 PS and a 4WD standard equipment. A large-capacity lithium-ion battery would give the family car a cruising range of 500 km.

The exterior design is expected to be as aggressive as the concept showcased this year. The front has a large hexagon grille and a thicker grill bar for a radically different look. Headlights feature bold LEDs that extend to the bumper, creating a new look for Subaru. In addition, Response says there is a possibility that the sides will inherit the design of the concept car but with different character lines for a ‘lively’ look.

As for safety equipment, the next generation of the AI-equipped ‘EyeSight’ technology would be installed, and advanced technologies such as lane change assist, automatic deceleration at curves, steering operation assist and 360 degree sensing are anticipated.

Response adds that Subaru registered the name “EVOLTIS” in the United States in 2018, and this is one of the leading candidates for the branding of the crossover electric vehicle.

Subaru’s long-term electric car plans

As a part of its long-term goal, Subaru aims to electrify its entire range globally by 2035 and to convert 40% of global sales to battery-electric and hybrid models by 2030. The partnership between Subaru and Toyota would depend of the strengths of each brand with Toyota bringing its expertise in electrification and Subaru with its all-wheel-drive know-how.

It is to be noted the Suzuki and Toyota have entered a similar agreement to manufacture and sell electric cars in India, although the products from this partnership would be smaller and far less expensive than Toyota’s global collaborations.

With the aim of making Subaru different from other brands, we will further hone the distinctive qualities that make a Subaru a Subaru, maintaining the unique attributes our customers have come to expect. At the same time, as we work to fulfil our social responsibilities, including the protection of the global environment, we will leverage Subaru’s unique character and technological innovation to contribute to the creation of a carbon-free society.

Tomomi Nakamura, President, Subaru Corporation at a press briefing to discuss the direction of its technology development efforts in Tokyo in January 2020.

Subaru currently has mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester and the brand would bring out new hybrid models with Toyota’s technology by 2025. Toyota, on the other hand, is the pioneer in hybrid cars but launched its first fully electric model, the Toyota C-HR EV with plans for several more for China and the global market. The C-HR EV is intended for the Chinese market only and is built on Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins other popular models like Camry and Corolla.