Fancy a hybrid Toyota GR86 with Lexus comfort and class? Apparently, that's happening

Sanjay · Jun 23, 2021 09:03 AM

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Here's what Japanese media think it'll look like

Early April, we saw the covers lifted off the all-new 2021 Toyota GR86 and its development twin, the equally-new 2021 Subaru BRZ. Apparently, that's not enough for Toyota, so they're developing a Lexus version too.

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Cutaway of the SGP underpinnings

Much like the Toyobaru twins, this will also sit on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) architecture, but interestingly it'll be 235 mm longer than the GR86 at 4,500 mm, according to the source.

Also read: Understanding the Forester's and XV’s Subaru Global Platform

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Current-gen GR86 pictured

The publication also says that electrification is in the works, with the GR86/BR-Z's 2.4-litre, flat-four engine paired to an electric motor or mild hybrid system in the Lexus.

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Also read: The 2021 Toyota GR 86 is here to rage your dreams

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In its current non-hybrid form, the same engine makes 235 PS and 250 Nm, sending drive to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

Also read: 2022 Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ: Tuners display hot versions to whet enthusiasts' appetite

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Current GR86's interior is more than a hint of retro

They also report that the new model will be dubbed the 'Lexus UC', which is short for 'Urban Coupe', much like how their UX-series of SUVs stands for 'Urban Explorer'.

It'll sit a couple of rungs below the other two-door cars in Lexus's stable, the Lexus LC and RC range.

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Lexus NX pictured. A hint of things to come?

That said, the publication says that the interior could be "changed significantly", bringing with it better trims and an adaptation of the all-new 2022 Lexus NX's infotainment system.

Also read: TNGA-based all-new 2022 Lexus NX debuts; new 2.4L turbo, brand's first-ever PHEV

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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