The brand new Toyota bZ4x and Subaru Solterra electrical SUVs have been given sporty makeovers.
Whereas Toyota and Subaru’s motorsport ideas arguably steal the present relating to debuts at this week’s Tokyo Auto Salon, each manufacturers have additionally revealed a pair of ideas based mostly on the brand new electrical crossovers they’ve co-developed.
The Toyota has obtained the GR Sport therapy, whereas the Subaru has been referred to as the Solterra STI idea. Each look like largely beauty affairs.
The bZ4x GR Sport options sportier, black-finish wheels in grippier tyres, sports activities seats, and matte black exterior panels.
Toyota says it guarantees an “elevated degree of environmental efficiency and driving pleasure”.
It’s completed in a gunmetal gray, giving the outside a monochromatic look punctuated solely by a flash of color in its pink brake callipers.
The Solterra STI Idea is extra vibrant, completed in blue and that includes pink not solely on the callipers, but additionally on the facet skirts and entrance and rear bumpers.
It additionally contains matte black physique panels and black alloy wheels, in addition to a rear spoiler.
Neither firm has confirmed whether or not these ideas will translate to manufacturing variants for his or her respective mannequin traces.
The mid-sized electrical SUV phase is rising at a price of knots, with fashions just like the Nissan Ariya, Tesla Mannequin Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 all that includes high-output variants with greater than 200kW of energy.
The Subaru/Toyota twins, nonetheless, high out at 160kW in all-wheel drive guise. The usual front-wheel drive configuration produces 150kW of energy.
The all-wheel drive mannequin has 460km of vary and a 0-100km/h time of seven.7 seconds, whereas the front-wheel drive mannequin has 530km and may do an 8.4-second dash.
Each variants use a 71.4kWh lithium-ion battery with a most AC charger output of 6.6kW and a most DC charging output of 150kW.
The Solterra and bZ4x use a brand new co-developed electrical automobile structure, which Subaru calls the e-Subaru World Platform and Toyota calls e-TNGA.
The 2 fashions are just about indistinguishable, and measure 4690mm lengthy, 1860mm vast and 1650mm tall on a 2850mm wheelbase. That makes them barely longer and wider than a Subaru Forester.
Floor clearance is 210mm, or 10mm lower than a Forester, whereas kerb weight ranges between 1930kg and 2020kg.
For context, the dual-motor Tesla Mannequin Y weighs 2003kg.
Whereas the Solterra has but to be confirmed for Australia, its bZ4x twin is locked in for a neighborhood launch within the second half of 2022.
Toyota Australia’s boss conceded final 12 months it is going to be costly, very similar to the first-generation Prius was when it debuted Toyota’s hybrid know-how domestically.
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