Pure Electric Subaru Crossover Slated For 2021 Launch
Japanese automaker Subaru is one of the last remaining plug-in electric car holdouts in the automotive field, at least among the relatively well-known automakers.
Due to upcoming stringent emission regulations, and a need to sell plug-ins of some type by 2018 (smaller OEMs can still offest BEV sales with PHEV), Subaru now says that it’ll launch a pure electric crossover in the U.S. to help out with that by 2021.
As Automotive News reports:
“The Japanese brand aims to release a midsize awd vehicle based on its Forester or Outback crossover, Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun reported Aug. 8, without identifying the source of the information.”
“The new model is expected to ride on the new global platform Subaru’s parent, Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled earlier this year.”
Subaru has shown several plug-in crossover concepts over the years, but not one has made it to production. The most promising concept is the Viziz, which has lived on through a couple of variations on the auto show stage over the years.
Officially, Fuji Heavy says there’s been no specific decision made at this time in regards to launching a pure electric vehicle. Spokesperson Masato Saito commented:
“We have yet to decide on any specifics at the moment.”
Prior to the launch of the pure electric crossover, Subaru will release compliance-fulfilling plug-in hybrid in 2018. That decision was made official quite some time ago.
Source: Automotive News