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Fans of the current Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will be delighted to know that both manufacturers have agreed to renew their respective pledges to design, engineer and produce the next-generation replacements for the aforementioned models. According to Automotive News, Subaru chief, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, stated that the two companies will indeed cooperate – the timeline on said project remains unclear, however.

“We have already agreed with Toyota we will do a full model change,” said Yoshinaga. “We have not decided when it will be introduced,” he added. Unfortunately, Yoshinaga has decided to remain mum on the technical details surrounding the next-gen Subaru BRZ. Earlier on, we reported that the facelifted Toyota 86 could very well arrive with more power and revamped looks – should be a good indication on the next-gen model, then.

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Conspiracy theorists should revel in the next bit of info divulged by Yoshinaga, though – the marque’s first plug-in hybrid platform is due in 2018 with no mention as to which model is slated to receive it. Before anyone can conjure up images of a plug-in hybrid Subaru BRZ, do note that the manufacturer isn’t planning to market said model in Japan. The Subaru BRZ is very much available to Japanese customers.

As to the mystery plug-in hybrid model, Subaru is planning to market it in countries only as a “zero-emissions compliance play.” At the moment, two hybrid Subaru models are on sale in Japan – the Subaru Impreza Sport Hybrid (pictured above) and Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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