Subaru Australia has treated its first electric car to a massive price cut… before the first customers have even taken delivery of their cars.

    The Solterra range will now kick off at $69,990 before on-road costs for the base AWD model, and extend to $76,990 before on-roads for the AWD Touring.

    That represents price cuts of $8000 and $7000 respectively. Anyone who’s already ordered a Solterra will automatically receive the updated price.

    The base Solterra AWD is still more expensive than the base Model Y ($65,990 before on-roads), but boasts all-wheel drive where the Tesla is rear-wheel drive only.

    Subaru’s decision to slash the price of its electric SUV follows in the footsteps of a similar move by Ford, which late in 2023 – before the first vehicles reached customers – cut Mustang Mach-E prices by up to $7000.

    As previously detailed, the Australian-specification Solterra range is only available with a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup producing 160kW and 337Nm. Claimed range is 414km on the WLTP test cycle.

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    The related Toyota bZ4X, which recently received a running change, is set to launch locally in February 2024 and is available in other markets with a single-motor setup.

    If this single-motor variant comes to Australia it will likely undercut the dual-motor Solterra.

    Included in the manufacturer’s list price for the Australian-specification Solterra is a 60-month/75,000km service plan, five years of roadside assistance, carpet mats, a cargo tray, as well as a 2kW AC charging cable with 8 amp wall plug.

    The 2024 Subaru Solterra AWD comes with the following:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels with wheel caps
    • LED headlights
    • LED fog lights
    • Power tailgate
    • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
    • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Digital rear-view mirror
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated rear outboard seats
    • Power driver’s seat with electric lumbar support
    • Carpet mats
    • Cargo tray
    • 2kW AC charging cable with 8 amp wall plug

    The Solterra AWD Touring adds:

    • 20-inch alloy wheels
    • Wireless phone charger
    • 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
    • Driver’s side mirror memory
    • Synthetic leather upholstery
    • Power passenger seat
    • Semi-automatic parking assist

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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