Subaru’s first all-electric vehicle will launch around 2021, according to insiders. The car will be part of the Subaru’s electrified portfolio, which by then will also feature a range of hybrid models.
The new Subaru EV will be based on the firm’s Global Platform chassis, which it’ll share with an all-new Subaru XV, arriving later this year, as well as the next-generation Impreza hatchback and Forester SUV.
The car is still in the early stages of development, so there’s no word on performance specifications or its range. However, the report suggests it could come with all-wheel-drive, as it’s one of the company’s defining attributes.
After some hesitation, Subaru says it will move into autonomy over the next few years, using its Eyesight stereo system as a basis for the required technology.
Subaru has already confirmed it will stick to its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology, which it believes gives its cars the edge when it comes to all-weather grip and safety.
Despite setting new sales records in the US and global sales of 1.012m, Subaru took just 40,600 sales across the European market, giving it just 0.3% of the market and 0.8% of the booming SUV market.
The car giant’s first hybrid models will appear before the end of 2018. Bosses admit the company is late to the market with petrol-electric technology, due to its determination to use ‘boxer’ engines (with horizontally positioned cylinders) in a drive to improve handling and safety.
From 2019, Subaru will start to release its new family of smaller and more economical turbocharged engines.