Subaru, Toyota confirm partnership for next-gen 86, BRZ

Rumors suggest the redesigned model could be underpinned by Toyota's TNGA architecture.

Toyota and Subaru have officially announced a renewed partnership to co-develop a next-generation 86/BRZ.

The companies did not shed more light on specific plans for the small performance coupe. Rumors suggest it could use Toyota's TNGA architecture, shared with a range of models from the Prius to the C-HR, and use Subaru's 2.4-liter engine from the Ascent.
Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada earlier this week said the team is aiming to "surpass" the Supra.
Beyond the 86/BRZ, the capital alliance will extend to jointly-developed all-wheel-drive models and cooperation in autonomous driving. Subaru also plans to use Toyota's hybrid tech in more models.
Notably, Toyota will expand its ownership stake in Subaru to obtain a minimum of 20-percent voting rights with the smaller rival "foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota."

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