A decision has been made.
Subaru announced last week it will officially reveal the second-generation BRZ sports coupe on November 18. A brief teaser image showing the new car's front headlight was provided but aside from that, all other details remain under lock and key. We also recently saw some leaked images that seem to indicate the car's overall styling won't greatly differ from that of the outgoing model.
Chances are, the new Subaru BRZ will be more evolutionary than revolutionary, and that's fine by us. The fact that a new BRZ has even been developed, especially at a time when sports coupes are proving to be less profitable than ever, is amazing news. However, it's now been confirmed that not every market will get the new BRZ.
Autocar has learned from a Subaru spokesperson there are "no plans" to bring the 2022 BRZ to Europe, thus likely making it a North American and Japanese market only model. This news should hardly come as a surprise. The new Nissan 400Z won't be sold in Europe either. Also, the BRZ has never been a strong seller in any market, but that was expected from the onset in 2012.
Still, Subaru, along with Toyota, had hoped to see the duo's respective coupes achieve a certain level of popularity amongst younger buyers and the aftermarket tuning scene. That popularity apparently didn't meet expectations in Europe. The European market status of the also upcoming next-generation Toyota 86 remains unknown at this time, though its future in the US is guaranteed.
The new BRZ and 86 will once again be mechanically identical, though some exterior and interior changes are expected. Both will probably come powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with around 250 horsepower. To compare, the outgoing models have 197 hp from a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter unit.
Another question that'll soon be answered is whether Subaru/Toyota opted for the same though a substantially updated version of the existing rear-wheel-drive platform or a semi-unique version of Toyota's TNGA architecture. That new setup can be adapted to RWD if necessary. Full details are just around the corner. Stay tuned.