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Subaru's first all-electric SUV gets a name: Solterra

The Subaru Solterra name has been confirmed.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Last month, AutomotiveMap speculated that the reason Subaru had filed a trademark for the word "Solterra" was because that was going to be the name of its new all-electric SUV. We were right. The Japanese automaker has confirmed the hypothesis that the Solterra will be joining the lineup and divulged a few other details as well.

The world Solterra comes from a combination of the Latin words for sun "soltis" and Earth "terra". That fits in nicely with Subaru's outdoorsy vehicle naming scheme that includes Forester, Ascent, Outback, Crosstrek, and the newly minted Outback Wilderness.

The Subaru Solterra is the sister of the Toyota bZ4X. The two models were co-developed as part of a joint partnership with Toyota that has also produced the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid and Prius Prime, as well as the 2022 Subaru BRZ and 2022 Toyota 86 fraternal twins.

2023 Subaru Solterra The Subaru Solterra will wear "EV" badging featuring a customary blue highlight.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

The new Subie will ride on the company's fresh dedicated all-electric platform named the e-SUBARU Global Platform. The new vehicle will combine all-wheel drive capability, agile driving dynamics, and passive safety features, according to the automaker.

Solterra is likely to be about the same dimensions as bZ4X, with a smaller body than the Forester and larger than the Crosstrek but nearly the same amount of interior space. That's partially because the car has no need for a transmission tunnel. Looks-wise, the model is similar to the two as well, blending aesthetics from each in an aerodynamic body design.

It will go on sale in 2022 which means that we're likely to see it in the flesh later this year. It will probably wear a 2023 model year tag when it goes on sale.

A few weeks ago, Toyota revealed the bZ4X Concept, an all-electric SUV that will come to market as the bZ4X is the very near future. That concept is just the start of Toyota's electric future and they've detailed what to expect a little more fully via a news release and some trademark searching.

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Chevy recently dropped a load of specs and opened orders for the new Silverado EV.

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After months of teases and speculation, Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2024 Silverado EV pickup truck. The long-awaited electric truck lands with impressive range of up to 400 miles, plenty of power, and neat features that improve its ability to do "truck stuff." The $105,000 RST First Edition model sold out in 12 minutes, so we're here to ask the question: Would you line up to buy one?

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV It's all about the screens in the RST First Edition model. Chevrolet

Chevrolet will offer the truck in two trims at launch: A fleet-oriented WT (work truck) model and a consumer-friendly RST First Edition model. Chevy says it will eventually offer a fleet model with 20,000 pounds of max towing capacity. The WT model will launch first with 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, which adds up to a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of payload. The RST trim offers a Wide Open Watts (WOW) Mode that bumps power to 664 ponies and 780 pound-feet of torque, which is good for a 0-60 mph time of just 4.5 seconds.

The RST model offers advanced features to make daily driving easier for the everyday buyer, including four-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension, a 17-inch touchscreen and 11-inch gauge cluster, a 14-inch head-up display, and Super Cruise with trailering capability. An available onboard generator system can produce up to 10.2kW of power for equipment such as worksite power tools or campsite gear.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Preorders for the $105,000 RST First Edition sold out in just 12 minutes.Chevrolet

Both trucks come exclusively in crew cab format, and will offer an "eTrunk" where the engine bay would be in a traditional truck. The lockable, weatherproof compartment can carry a large suitcase, and adds to the Silverado EV's already impressive interior storage. The RST's center console can swallow more than seven gallons of gear, which is large enough to hold a small lunch cooler, according to Chevy. RST models are also available with GM's excellent Multi-Flex tailgate, but there's a new feature for the electric truck that its gas-powered counterparts don't get: A Multi-Flex Midgate that opens the space between the cab and bed for carrying longer cargo. Using the function won't interfere with use of the back seat, either, so the truck will still carry at least four people.

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