Following the recent unveiling of a brand new global architecture that’s set to underpin all future models and support alternative-fuel powertrains like hybrids and EVs, Subaru hinted to Japanese publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun that it has plans to develop a Subaru electric SUV for release five years from now. The move is part of a strategy to provide cleaner, greener vehicles that satisfy the current trends toward crossovers and SUVs while meeting increasingly demanding emissions laws.
As of right now, the current candidates for the electrification process are either the Forester or Outback SUVs thanks to the nameplates’ success in the US market. The new emissions regulations will go into effect in 2018, alongside a requirement stating that all automakers must have some kind of plug-in in their vehicle lineup.
In addition to plans to introduce a 2021 electric SUV that could be either the Forester or Outback, Subaru has shown several plug-in crossover concepts at auto shows over the years. As of right now none have made it to production, but the need for Subaru to pursue the plug-in segment may require vehicles like the Subaru Viziz to make their appearance on dealer lots.