Next-gen Subaru BRZ to be co-developed with Toyota

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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.


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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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • Benci on Nov 09, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Mazda sh!ts on these two. Although subaru is rather more respectable vs toyota as a driver’s car producer.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Nov 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    its kinda crazy that this car is out of reach for many people here….

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