When Subaru announced that the next-generation BRZ was coming “Fall 2020” last month, we wondered when the exact date would be. At the same time, we wondered whether its Toyota twin – the 86 – would debut around the same time. Now, it seems we finally have a date as to when the 2022 BRZ will make its global debut – November 18. Better yet, we also have a glimpse as to what the car will look like.
Subaru has recently released a new teaser photo showing the next-generation BRZ’s new headlights and bumper. Noticeably, it has larger and rounder headlights as compared to slim and sleek units fitted onto the out-going model. Though we only see a part of it, the bumper looks to be all new as well. There’s also more bulges and sculpting on the hood as compared to before.
What we want to know is the engine that lies under the new hood. For now, that will remain a mystery. But, Subaru did release a short video on their website allowing us to “hear” what the new sounds like. Unfortunately, the exhaust note in the teaser video is drowned out by music so it’s hard to tell what motor the new BRZ uses.
Reports suggest that the BRZ will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four engine similar to the one found in the Ascent (to be called the Evoltis in the Philippines) sans the turbo. It will supposedly produce around 220 to 230 HP, giving it a power bump over the outgoing 2.0-liter mill. But who knows, Subaru might just surprise us by putting a turbocharged engine into their new sports coupe. We’re hoping a manual transmission still comes standard.
With the 2022 Subaru BRZ set to debut this November 18, the question now is will the 86 be next? Toyota has been very quiet about the new model as compared to Subaru. In fact, they have yet to release a teaser photo of the model. Hopefully, the wait won't be too long.