Over the past few months, we have heard different representatives from both companies say that there will be a sequel to 86 and BRZ, and now Japanese brands have issued a press release confirming the second generation of the sports car duo, entitled "Toyota and Subaru Agree on the new business and capital alliance 'PR (attached at end) goes through the details of the partnership, including' the joint development of the next generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. "
The recently signed deal also includes working together to develop new all-wheel drive models and give Subaru the right to extend Toyota hybrid technology after its use in the Crosstrek Hybrid. In addition, the link will focus on cooperation in the area of autonomous driving and connected cars.
The renewed alliance between the two carmakers also includes capital ties, as Toyota shares in Subaru will increase from the current 16.83% to a minimum of 20%. According to a press release, going down this route means Subaru will “become a Toyota affiliate.” The company behind Impreza will buy up to $ 80 billion ($ 741 million) in Toyota shares.
The Extended Association follows a similar agreement announced in June for the joint development of a new platform for battery electric vehicles. The two will also work together on a new clean EV, using Toyota's electrification technology and Subaru's AWD know-how, which will form the basis of the co-developed architecture.
Details of the next 86 / BRZ have not been disclosed, but Toyota's chief engineer recently said that the second-generation 86 would be better off driving the Supra. Recent reports, prompted by the rumor mill, suggest that new sports cars may shift from the Impreza platform to Toyota's TNGA architecture, but with the engine borrowed from Ascent.
Without prototype spy shots, this probably means the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ will not soon move on to the next generation.