It's surprisingly beautiful.
In a time where 300-horsepower sports cars are considered underpowered, the Subaru BRZ stands out from the crowd with its low-powered naturally-aspirated engine and pure driving dynamics. The first generation car is loved by thousands across the country, and just as interest in the car started tapering off, Subaru and Toyota announced that a new car would be coming to showroom floors. The second-generation BRZ was recently revealed at the Thermal Club Raceway in California to much fanfare and clings on to the same ethos as the old car with its 220-hp naturally-aspirated engine, low curb weight, and sharp handling. The BRZ then is a true sports car, but what if Subaru decided to build an SUV version? In these renders, we can get a good idea of what that would look like.
At first glance, it looks like designer KDesign AG, who is responsible for some interesting SUV renders, has created a small Porsche-looking SUV, but upon closer inspection, it becomes rather apparent that he has simply taken the front-end of the new BRZ and slapped it on the body of a C-HR, Toyota's subcompact crossover SUV. It is surprising just how well these two looks go together: the shark-like front end of the BRZ works perfectly with the flared fenders of the C-HR. and the lifted ride height makes this conversion look surprisingly practical. At the rear, the car borrows Subaru's stretched taillight design and proudly shows off the company logo.
The all-new BRZ will be more powerful than the outgoing model thanks to a displacement increase from 2.0-liters to 2.4-liters and will weigh under 2,900 pounds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. The interior will feature an eight-inch infotainment display and Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assistance Technology will also make an appearance. The all-new BRZ is expected to hit showroom floors in fall 2021 and pricing will be announced closer to the sale date. If Subaru and Toyota ever wanted to go the SUV route with the new BRZ and 86, this would definitely be the move.