Today’s Subaru news comes from Tokyo where a newspaper reports that Subaru has plans to launch an all-wheel-drive electric crossover to meet more stringent emission regulations in the U.S. Although a source was not identified, the report says the brand hopes to release a midsize AWD electric vehicle based on the Forester or Outback by 2021. This electric vehicle will ride on the all new global platform that Fuji Heavy Industries revealed earlier this year. Accord to Subaru, this new global architecture will guarantee competitiveness through 2025 and is designed for gasoline, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric. The Impreza compact, which goes on sale towards the end of this year, will be the first car to utilize the new architecture.
Fuji Heavy spokesman, Masato Saito, said that they “have yet to decide on any specifics at the moment” but said that if Subaru were to introduce a new product it would more than likely use the new platform and target the North American market. Subaru has already revealed it plans to introduce its first plug-in hybrid in 2018 and has said they hybrid system is being developed internally. The plug-in hybrid will be used on a vehicle in its current line, rather than on an all-new model.
Stay tuned to see how Subaru evolves over the next few years to meet the ever-changing emissions regulations and to stay competitive against foward-thinking automotive makers like Toyota, Honda, and Tesla that already have electric cars available.