Subaru slashes the price of its Solterra electric car

Subaru has slashed the price of its new electric car before the first vehicle is delivered to customers.

The Subaru Solterra range will now start at $69,990 (before on-road costs), which is $8000 cheaper than when it was first announced in November, 2023.

The range-topping Solterra Touring has had a similarly generous haircut and now starts at $76,990, some $6700 cheaper than before.

It follows a similar move by Ford that slashed $7000 off the price of the similar sized Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.

Subaru’s new price brings it in line with rival machines such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Tesla Model Y.

The Japanese maker says the new prices will apply to all existing pre-order customers.

Both Solterra models combine a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery with dual electric motors serving up a combined 160kW and 337Nm of torque.

The car has 414 kilometres of range when measured using the WLTP test procedure.

All Solterras have all-wheel drive grip and proper ground clearance to make it more capable off the bitumen than most electric cars.

Standard gear includes a 7-inch digital dash, 12.3-inch infotainment screen, 18-inch alloys, LED headlights and heated seats in the front and rear.

Touring models add a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, wireless phone charging, 20-inch alloys and a panoramic sunroof.

The car is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty along with an eight-year, 160,000 kilometre guarantee for the high-voltage battery.

Servicing is free for the first five years and five years of roadside assistance is included in every purchase.

Customers can choose to have a basic 7kW single-phase charger installed at their home for $2250, or upgrade to a three-phase 22kW charger for $2645.

The Subaru Solterra was co-developed with Toyota and shares its hardware with the coming Toyota bZ4X – the Japanese giants first electric SUV.

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