Subaru’s first EV will be a midsize SUV jointly developed with Toyota

The next Toyobaru will be a much high-riding vehicle than the 86/BRZ
by Tom Harrison | Dec 16, 2020
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Subaru, just like almost every other mainstream carmaker, is working on an all-electric SUV. In a tiny 125-word statement, the manufacturer says its first EV will be a “midsize SUV, similar in size to the Subaru Forester.” It will be introduced sometime in the first half of this decade, but “additional information will be shared next year.”

The new EV will be jointly developed with Toyota. In 2019, the two companies announced they were teaming up to develop a “a C-segment-class BEV SUV model for sale under each company’s own brand.” Meaning, much like the 86/BRZ, the new SUV will be available as either a Toyota or a Subaru.

The partnership brings together the companies’ “respective strengths”—Subaru’s all-wheel-drive expertise and Toyota’s knowledge of electrification in its various forms. Toyota claims the new ‘e-TNGA’ platform is “highly versatile and easily adaptable for a range of product types”—it can accept front-, rear-, and four-wheel-drive powertrains and various battery types/sizes and configurations.

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Toyota says its first car on the new platform “has already been developed and is being readied for production,” so don’t be surprised if the Toyota beats the Subaru to market.

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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