Toyota and Subaru on Friday confirmed that a jointly developed successor to the 86 and BRZ is in the works as part of a larger collaboration that will also produce new all-wheel-drive and electrified models.
The new partnership between the two Japanese car makers also includes Toyota raising its stake in Subaru from the current 17 percent to 20 percent, with Subaru to also acquire a small stake in Toyota.
According to the official announcement, the new tie-up will also include the joint development of AWD models “that offer the ultimate sensation in all-wheel driving”, in addition to the next 86/BRZ twins.
Back in June, Toyota and Subaru announced the development of a common architecture for battery-electric vehicles that will combine Subaru’s all-wheel drive expertise and Toyota’s know-how in electrification.
Both the new Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are also expected to utilize Toyota’s newly developed GA-B platform and ditch the current model’s 2.0-liter Boxer engine in favor of a 2.4-liter turbo. This is reportedly the same unit that powers the Subaru Ascent, which produces 260 horsepower, but the output will apparently be detuned to 217 hp.
Toyota hasn’t confirmed when we can expect the new-generation 86 and BRZ to break cover.