Subaru is preparing a new hatchback based on ToyotaSeptember 11, 2020
The Japanese automaker is working on a new car project based on what is rumored to be a Toyota hatchback.
A few days ago, it was revealed that the next generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI are unlikely to debut until early spring 2022. The successors to the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 RWD are expected much earlier. What is “slowing down” Subaru? First, the WRX and STI are niche models with relatively limited appeal, which means that popular vehicles like the Forester are always prioritized. But the history of Subaru rally racing is valuable, and maintaining that tradition remains important.
Thanks to an ongoing and recently expanded partnership with Toyota, Subaru is reportedly working on yet another performance car. According to the Japanese publication, Subaru is rumored to be preparing a new hot hatch based on Toyota. This small hatchback, only called “Super AWD” for now, may well be a modified Toyota Yaris Cross.
This car shouldn’t go out to the American car market, at least not for now. In fact, the current Yaris sold overseas will remain overseas because American demand for subcompact hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta has dropped to near zero. The highly acclaimed Fiesta ST was unable to weather even this segment slump, as did its big brother, the Focus ST. No prototypes have been seen at this point, but this may change in the near future.
Turning the Toyota Yaris Cross into a “charged” hatchback wouldn’t be too difficult. First, the Yaris Cross is built on Toyota’s new GA-B compact car platform, which can accommodate both a hybrid powertrain and four-wheel drive, and has already turned into an understated hot hatch. Essentially, the Yaris Cross is a raised and modified version of the new Yaris hatchback.
Assuming Subaru will continue the project, what will be under the hood remains unknown. In theory, the manufacturer could opt for Toyota’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, which is mated to an electric motor in the Yaris Cross. Alternatively, Subaru could use one of its own boxer engines, but it all depends on whether the GA-B will fit on the platform.
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