The rampant rumours surrounding the possibility of a sedan based on the Toyota 86 sports car may not be complete hot air after all – the Dubai International Motor Show’s Facebook page has announced that a concept will turn up at the show next week, with the above solitary side profile shot accompanying the post.
What’s interesting is that the photo looks remarkably similar to an early shot of the 2009 Toyota FT-86 concept – down to the railway station-like background and the five-spoke wheels, leading us to suppose that the new four-door concept will take more styling cues from the FT-86 than the production 86.
So if the FT-86 concept eventually became the production 86 (which it did), it follows that the four-door 86 you can eventually buy could look more like Theophilus Chin‘s recent speculative rendering (below) – less of this bunched-up look and more classic GT-like proportions. We’ll have to wait and see, anyway. Theo also did one based on the FT-86 concept some time ago – refer to the gallery.
Reports speculate a 100-mm longer wheelbase (making it 2,670 mm) and the same 200 hp/205 Nm 2.0 litre flat-four. There may be a hybrid variant with a toned-down version of Toyota’s new sporty Hybrid-R technology, which was recently showcased on a 400 hp Yaris-based concept. This is said to yield about 250-270 hp and up to 15% better fuel economy.
The road-ready Toyota 86 sedan is expected to surface at the Geneva show in March 2014 before going on sale either later in the year or in 2015.