Subaru and Toyota may be teaming up on another set of twins. This time, the partnership could result in a pair of new AWD hot hatches.
According to a new report from Japan’s Best Car, Subaru and Toyota are jointly developing a new “WRC machine” that will debut in fall 2022. The publication says it will have a body size similar to that of the Impreza.
Subaru’s hatch will have a – you guessed it – horizontally opposed engine installed longitudinally. Whether or not that engine will go under the hood of another Toyota product remains to be seen.
Toyota, though, did promise in May of 2020 that it would bring a GR (compact) hot hatch to the USA. The speculation at the time was that the automaker would simply create a GR Corolla, which would be sensible. There is a chance, though, that this Subaru will be related to that GR hot hatch.
The first inklings of this project came when Toyota took a 20% stake in Subaru in 2019. “We will bring together the strengths of both companies and jointly develop the most comfortable AWD model,” the companies said in a press release.
Best Car Web’s report, though, suggests that the new Subaru will have symmetrical AWD. The system is a Subaru staple but it would mean that any Toyota based on it would be distinct from other AWD vehicles in the automaker’s stable.
After partnering with Subaru on the BRZ/GT86 and with BMW on the Z4/Supra, though, it’s clear that Toyota doesn’t mind having cars at its dealerships that are a little different.
Unfortunately, whatever comes of these rumors, we’ll have to wait a while before we get any official details.