It looks like Toyota and Subaru are back at it developing a new platform. No, it isn’t the next-generation 86—but how does a jointly developed midsize SUV or passenger van sound to you?
According to the two Japanese car manufacturers, they’re teaming up to create a new platform for “midsize and large passenger vehicles” that will run on electric power. These battery electric vehicles (BEV), the companies say, will apply Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s expertise in electrification.
“To respond with a sense of speed to the diversifying needs of these markets and to multiple challenges, both Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries together with various types of other entities that share their aspirations,” Toyota’s press release reads.
“As a first step in this direction, while accelerating productization by bringing together technologies that represent each company's strengths and cooperating where possible, the two companies will jointly develop a BEV-dedicated platform.”
Not much else is specified by either manufacturer, but they did confirm that the result of their collaboration will be applied to a wide variety of segments, including C- and D-segment sedans as well as SUVs.
We’re very excited to see what the two companies can cook up. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait long.