Although the second-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins will remain rear-wheel drive, they might ditch the old modified Impreza platform and opt for a Toyota platform, writes a report we spotted on Car Sales. However, the report is based on what a Subaru insider revealed, so we should take this information with a grain of salt.
There is no evidence that the two next-gen cars will actually have a different platform, but it’s worth checking out how much sense it would make.
Second-Gen Toyota 86 And Subaru BRZ and the New Toyota Platform
The report notes that the cars will not use the architecture from the current Subaru Global Platform (SGP), but they will use Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is used in vehicles like the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, and RAV4:
“It’s a very flexible platform, but we make all-wheel drive vehicles. That’s our forte, all-wheel drive,” said the unknown source.
In theory, considering that the TNGA was developed for all-wheel drive configurations, including front- and rear-drive configurations, we could see the TNGA to the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.
This would make the two vehicles lose some weight while gaining more torsional rigidity.
The report notes that “the senior source suggested that both the BRZ and 86 would either to stick to its current platform or migrate to Toyota’s TNGA platform.”
Subaru did announce that the new models would not use the Global Platform, as it cannot support rear-wheel-drive layouts, forcing the next coupes to be all-wheel drive.
As for when the two vehicles will be revealed, the insider did not comment on it but mentioned that the work on the cars was well underway.
Considering there is no official information on the launch of the second-generation 86 and BRZ, we can only assume that the two vehicles will be revealed either in late 2020 or in 2021.
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