The current, first generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, as well as the North American Scion FR-S are co-developed. The Scion FR-S is essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota 86 (Toyota GT86/Toyota FT86), while the Subaru, made at the same factory as the Toyota, has some styling differences. According to a report from Automotive News, the next generation of the compact sports coupe trio will continue being co-developed.
Speaking to the American publication, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, President and CEO at Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, confirmed that the all-new Subaru BRZ will be co-developed with Toyota Motor. “We have already agreed with Toyota we will do a full model change. We have not decided when it will be introduced,” he said.
Old reports say that the Subaru BRZ was almost not going to happen as it didn’t fit in the brand’s line-up of all-wheel drive vehicles because of unavailability of all-wheel drive. Mr. Yoshinaga was asked about the drivetrain configuration of the next generation BRZ, but he refused to reveal any details about that. It is expected that the new models will come out by the end of 2018.
The second-gen Subaru BRZ is due for a 2018 model year, but a facelift is expected to arrive next year to give it the legs until the second gen is ready. As for the Toyota 86, facelift has been confirmed for 2016 by Tetsuya Tada, General Manager and Chief Engineer, Sports Vehicle Management Division, Toyota Motor.
[Source: Automotive News]