The partnership between Toyota and Subaru continues to grow it seems after the two automakers agreed on developing a new kind of automotive platform.
Besides being known for jointly developing the 86 and the BRZ, Toyota and Subaru recently announced that they have agreed to develop a new vehicle platform dedicated for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The new platform will be seeing use in midsize and large passenger vehicles, and will see Toyota and Subaru jointly develop a C-segment BEV SUV that will go on sale under each company's own brand.
For the two automakers, combining their expertise in electrification and all-wheel drive technology will serve as a challenge for creating appealing products that are also environmentally-friendly. In addition, both Subaru and Toyota want to continue the popularization of BEVs in order for a cleaner and greener environment.
But with each country and region having a different set of rules and regulations with regards to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), as well as BEVs, Toyota and Subaru will work efficiently and swiftly in order to appropriate the upcoming platform. More than that, the BEV platform will be developed in a way that will make it applicable to multiple vehicle types, including C-segment and D-segment class sedans, as well as SUVs.
This is not the first time that the two have collaborated in making eco-friendly automobiles. The first Subaru XV plug-in hybrid was jointly developed with Toyota and served as a stepping stone of combining each other's technologies.
Other details regarding the upcoming BEV platform have yet to be revealed. But one thing is for sure however, the automakers will apply Subaru's all-wheel drive and Toyota's vehicle electrification technologies for it to become a reality. Could this mean that we will soon get an electric Forester or RAV4? We'll just have to wait and see.