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Could the Next Toyota GR86 Have a Four-Door Variant?

The next-generation Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ could be joined by a related sports sedan.

  • Rumours say that Toyota is planning a companion sedan for the next generation of its affordable sports car.

  • The engine is expected to be a hybrid version of the 3-cylinder used in the GR Yaris and GR Corolla.

  • The development is led by Toyota, unlike the first two generations of the GR86 and BRZ, which were conceived by Subaru.

Toyota has been working on the next generation of the GR86 two-door sports car for a while now, but recent reports from Japan suggest that a new sedan could join the coupe.

Indeed, BestCarWeb reports that the automaker is considering a sports sedan to sell alongside the GR86 coupe, similar to how BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer both versions of some of their most popular sports cars, intending to attract a wider clientèle.

While very few details are known at the moment, a future GR86 sedan would mark the return of a front-engine rear-wheel drive four-door in the brand’s lineup and it could be positioned as a more affordable alternative to the Lexus IS.

Speaking of which, the new GR86, and the almost identical Subaru BRZ, will use a modified version of the platform which is used by the current Lexus IS.

Under the hood, it seems the GR86 will abandon the Subaru-sourced Boxer four-cylinder engine in favour of a hybrid system built around the same 1.6L turbocharged three-cylinder engine that is found in the GR Yaris and the GR Corolla.

This marks a major departure over the first and second-generation models, and it would mean that Subaru would offer a car powered by an inline combustion engine, something that has not happened in North America since the Justy sub-compact was discontinued back in 1995.

That’s not a big surprise however, since it has long been understood that development of the next-generation GR86/BRZ has been passed over to Toyota after Subaru had been responsible for the first two iterations.

More details about the new GR86, BRZ, and the potential companion sedan are expected soon since Toyota reportedly intends to start production of these models in 2025.

Source: BestCarWeb

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