Subaru has confirmed an all-electric vehicle, though it is lacking behind than many automakers as they have already prepared for full-lineup. Subaru announced that the launch will be for the European market first, exact dates are yet to be confirmed.
The new EV by Subaru, which will be similar in size to its Forester, will share Toyota’s recently announced platform. Unlike the partner who has stuck to hybrid, Subaru has decided on an all-electric vehicle. The e-TNGA Toyota platform is specifically for electric vehicles that can be used in different size vehicles and batteries. It can be used for all drivetrain including front, rear, and all-wheel drive.
Because it’s Subaru we are expecting all-wheel-drive as it’s kind of Subaru’s thing to offer all-wheel-drive in everything but BRZ. Like the Toyota and Lexus, it will also feature a Direct4 electric drive control system that controls torque between the front and rear electric motors. The Lexus version with the same technology is supposed to deliver 402 horsepower and 422 lb-ft of torque, we expect Subaru will share the same.
This EV will not be the first vehicle with no use of gasoline by Subaru, the automaker already offers mild-hybrid versions of its Impreza, XV Crosstrek, and Forester. Subaru said more information will be out sometime next year whereas Toyota said that it will share something in a couple of months. Subaru hasn’t said a single word for the U.S. market but we expect that after Europe it will come to the states.