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News Subaru And Toyota Might Be Jointly Developing An AWD Hot Hatch

Subaru And Toyota Might Be Jointly Developing An AWD Hot Hatch

No matter what Toyota and Subaru come up with, we’re confident it will be very good


  • These two brands have proven that they can build performance cars together.

  • This new car could signal Subaru’s return to the WRC.

  • It’s unclear if this will be the new WRX and WRX STI or another model.


Stories and reports surrounding the next Subaru WRX and WRX STI have been consistent. Inspired by the Viziv Performance concept, the car will get a turbocharged 2.4-litre 4-cylinder. But for this round of rumours, it looks like Toyota might be involved in the car’s development.

We’ve reported on a few occasions that a Toyota GR Corolla was coming but this is the first time that a link between the two brands for a like-minded sporty compact hot-hatch arises. It seems as though both car companies are jointly developing an Impreza-sized, AWD, horizontally-opposed Boxer engine’d car.

The Next Subaru WRX STI Will Be The Brand’s Last New Non-Electrified Car

According to sources named by Road & Track, this unnamed or specified car would be powered by Subaru’s turbocharged 2.4-litre 4-cylinder but not Toyota GR’s surprising AWD system used in the GR Yaris.

This is a fascinating scenario as enthusiasts the world over are longing for a new WRX and WRX STI. And without knowing, they want a high-performance Corolla-sized hatchback too. The Subayota, or Toyobaru BRZ and 86 are superb examples of both brands concentrating on the driving experience. This, combined with AWD and loaded into a hatchback body can only mean good things.

2012 Subaru WRX STI | Photo: Subaru

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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