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Facelifted 2017 Subaru BRZ spied

The BRZ gets a minor nip-and-tuck.

Amateur spy shots briefly posted on Facebook have given us a decent look at the facelifted 2017 Subaru BRZ.

Relatively minor, the updates include new headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, a sharper-looking front bumper, and a revised grille. Out back, the BRZ receives new tail lamps, and it might get a re-styled trunk lid.

The cabin benefits from a new instrument cluster that trades an analog gauge for a high-resolution screen that can be configured to show vital information about the car and its surroundings. The BRZ seemingly receives a new infotainment system, too, though we can't say whether or not we'll get it on our shores because could be looking at a model designed for overseas markets.

It's reasonable to assume the 2017 BRZ will get the same mechanical upgrades as the newly-renamed Toyota 86. That means power will be provided by a 2.0-liter flat-four engine rated at 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft. of torque, increases of five ponies and five lb-ft. of twist over the outgoing model. A six-speed manual transmission with revised gear ratios will come standard, and buyers who want to go clutch-less will be able to order a six-speed automatic at an extra cost.

Subaru is keeping tight-lipped about the 2017 BRZ. We don't know precisely when it will be shown to the public, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it in the metal tomorrow alongside the all-new 2017 Impreza at the New York Auto Show. Regardless, it will go on sale in the coming months.

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