Some more rumours are swelling surrounding the idea of a Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ four-door sedan. The latest suggests the new model will come with a turbocharged version of the 2.0-litre engine, with the possibility of all-wheel drive.
It’s understood Subaru is looking to build a production version of the Cross Sport concept, and it’s this model that will apparently translate into a sedan version of the popular coupe.
Sources have reportedly said that it would be easy to bring the B-pillar forward in the BRZ/86, allowing room for two rear doors. The roof would also be pushed up slightly at the back to provide rear headroom.
If the rumours are correct, the new model will be around 4750mm long, 1780mm wide and 1400mm tall, making it 510mm longer than the current coupe. The wheelbase is expected to grow 180mm, resulting in 2750mm.
As for the engine, the current 2.0-litre naturally aspirated boxer four-cylinder is set to make way for a turbocharged unit. The added torque of the turbo would account for the added weight.
More interestingly, there’s said to be a possibility Subaru will apply its renowned all-wheel drive system to the sedan. At the moment, the BRZ is the only rear-wheel drive model the company sells. All-wheel drive could potentially increase track performance, albeit tarnishing some of the fun.
Toyota, on the other hand, has apparently already approved production for a sedan. Instead of a turbo engine though reports are indicating a hybrid may be used.
It’s all a little unclear at this stage and we are yet to hear anything from the companies officially. Even so, a market arrival is anticipated to take place some time in 2016.
(Image: Toyota 86 sedan rendering by theophiluschin.com)