Just months after the heavily updated Subaru Forester was revealed in the US, insiders are apparently reporting that an electric version of the mid-size SUV will follow the already confirmed hybrid variant.
According to a short report from Best Carrespected (and usually well-informed) Japanese magazine, Subaru is developing a new full-size electric SUV from Solterra coming to Australia, an electric car co-developed with the Toyota bZ4X.
The SUV could be the electric successor to the Forester SUV, the brand’s most popular model in Australia, although the timing reported by the Japanese magazine is somewhat surprising.
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Given that Subaru confirmed that a hybrid version of the Forester would follow a year after the regular SUV was revealed in the US, it would be unusual for Subaru to launch a fully electric version in the same year.
Although Subaru currently offers an all-electric hybrid version, references for the upcoming version call it the “first-ever Subaru Forester Hybrid”.
“When the all-new Forester goes on sale with (internal combustion) engines, the next-generation Forester will follow in another year,” Subaru CEO Atsushi Osaki said at the car launch. Car and Driver report.
“This will be the first ever Subaru Forester Hybrid, it represents the next step in our new electrification program, with more electrified models to follow quickly.”
Like Best CarSources are right, Subaru is developing an electric Forester-sized SUV, without Toyota this time, to be revealed by 2025.
Additionally, there are claims that the new BEV will aim to increase interior space, off-road performance, and aim for a driving range of over 700 km on a single charge.
A render (see above) published by Best Car shows the expectation that an electric version of the Forester will be built for the current generation, with body panels shared with the current updated Forester (pictured below).
The updated Forester is yet to be confirmed for Australia in terms of timing, features and pricing.