And that's because it kind of is.
The partnership between Japanese automakers Toyota and Subaru brought the world an affordable sports car family with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins. Now, the two companies will work together once again to develop an all-electric platform. We've already seen the beginnings of this collaboration with the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which uses hybrid technology borrowed from the Toyota Prius. The Crosstrek is the only hybrid model in Subaru's lineup right now but the Japanese automaker plans to electrify its entire lineup.
Subaru recently announced that at least 40 percent of its global sales will come from electric and hybrid vehicles by 2030. The automaker recently held a technical meeting in Japan, where it showed off the first design study of a Toyota co-developed EV crossover (pictured below).
Subaru didn't give the creation a name but to our eyes, it looks a lot like a Toyota RAV4. This makes some sense, as Subaru's future EV will also be sold as a Toyota. The design study features blacked-out wheel arches that appear square as well as a forward-angeled C-Pillar, both of which are RAV4 design elements.
But even though Subaru plans to shift towards electrification, it doesn't mean the company will give up on what has made it successful in the past. Subaru will continue to develop its current technologies including the boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel-drive. The design study was even shown alongside a cutaway display of Subaru's boxer engine.
Toyota's two-motor system will be adopted to work in tandem with the Subaru engine and AWD system and soon after, the two companies will release the fully electric model. Don't expect to see the electric crossover any time soon, because it isn't slated to arrive until at least 2025. We still don't know if the two versions will have unique styling, or if they will look similar like the BRZ and 86.