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Subaru FT-86 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Toyota has been happy to supply the world with glimpses of and whispers about its version of the FT-86 sports coupe, Subaru has been suspiciously quiet about its planned version of the car. But it looks like that's about to change. The Pleiades has announced the vehicles that it plans to show off at this year's Geneva Motor Show in March, and tucked amongst the already-revealed Impreza Concept and the new Trezia econobox is word that the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept will also make an appearance. The news answers the question of whether or not the Subaru end of the venture would boast the company's trademark all-wheel drive when it debuts. All signs point to no – at least in concept form.

Other than the fact that the RWD Subaru will bow in Geneva, there's no indication as to what the car will look like or whether or not it will ever show up in American showrooms. We do know that the vehicle will boast a Subaru boxer four-cylinder under its hood, though it's unclear whether the engine will be a next-generation interpretation of the engine it currently markets or if Subaru will stick the old turbo lump out front. We'll probably find out soon enough. Hit the jump for the press release.

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[Source: Subaru | Images: CarPix]

Exhibition Outline of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show

Tokyo, January 14, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today
announced that it will exhibit the "SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT" and the "Subaru Trezia" as European premieres at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show slated for March in Geneva, Switzerland (Press day: March 1 and 2; Open to the public from March 3 through 13, 2011). The "Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept" will also be showcased as a world premiere.


The Subaru Impreza Concept is the first concept model to be released under Subaru's new brand strategy.
Designed to show a possible direction for future Impreza models, the concept also embodies Subaru's new brand statement "Confidence in Motion". Expressing Subaru's brand core value of "enjoyment and peace of mind", the Subaru Impreza Concept fuses a sleek and lean form that exudes dynamism and elegance. It also features a spacious and plush four-seat interior for a safe and comfortable ride.

-Major specifications-
Length x Width x Height: 4,520 x 1,820 x 1,430 mm, Wheelbase: 2,640 mm Power Unit: New Generation Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine) plus Lineartronic (CVT)

<Subaru Trezia>

The Subaru Trezia represents a proposal of new value to meet the increasing demand for smaller and
environmentally friendly cars in Europe. The key phrase for this product is "New Compact Smart Wagon". The model provides the benefits of the Subaru wagon-style in an overall body size of less than 4 meters in length. This touring compact car offers a string of other benefits, from the strong presence of the exterior to the highly efficient package of the roomy and quality interior and easy-to-use utility space. With CO2 emissions of 113 g/km*, the Trezia combines superior environmental friendliness and highly responsive SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT Subaru Trezia

A 1.3-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine are available in the European markets.
*For the 1.4-litre turbo diesel models

-Major specifications-
Length x Width x Height: 3,995 x 1,695 x 1,595 mm, Wheelbase: 2,550 mm

<Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept>

A Subaru rear-wheel drive sports car is currently under joint development as part of the business alliance
with Toyota Motor Corporation. Based on an all-new platform, the vehicle will offer Subaru's distinctive
trademark and core technology: the "Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine". The concept embodies
Subaru's established know-how in manufacturing boxer-powered passenger cars; it shows how Subaru
proposes to integrate this expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience. The technology concept will demonstrate how the all-new car platform
makes full use of Subaru's engineering and Boxer technology.

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      • 4 Years Ago

      It will most likely look a lot like the FT86 concept in proportion with styling from the Impreza concept built in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, screw the Toyota, sorry, Toyobaru. What a joke. I'm gonna go ahead and pretend it doesn't exist until it's got a diff powering the front wheels.

      The Subaru Trezia, on the other hand. 1.4 litre turbodiesel? Is this gonna be a boxer? It has to be. If they introduce an RWD car and an inline engine at the same time, it'll be the writing on the wall.

      1.4 liter diesel boxer should be a funky engine, for many use cases...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Impreza concept is any indication, Subaru is looking to correct its recent styling disasters. I hope they apply that approach to this car. Also, Geneva may reveal the car to be RWD which is fine because globally Subaru is not exclusively AWD. But I'm hoping the US variant is AWD-only. Let the Toyota be RWD and a little cheaper and more efficient. Let the Subaru distinguish itself and its brand with AWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Subaru has to worry about CAFE standards too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't the shape of things to come from Subaru. It looks so misshapen and awkward. And RWD? wtf?? Please, Toyota don't ruin Subaru!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd always take the lighter weight - especially at the front - of RWD than FWD or AWD any day, for a fun-to-drive car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        given what Japanese automakers produce these days I expect the design to be yet another pile of awkwardness
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize Subaru produced front wheel drive cars for Asian markets? I'd take RWD over FWD any day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I trust Lineartronic (CVT) will be an option - and three pedals for the rest of us?
      • 4 Years Ago
      RWD not AWD, so Subaru confesses it will feel "Subaru-like." :(
      • 4 Years Ago

      Toyota should've just left it as the Ft-86 instead of calling it a Scion. At least with Subaru, there is a racing and enthusiast credibility behind it.

      And by the time the second run of this car starts, I'll be able to afford one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's just a rumor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Knowing how the car market is in the United States it's pretty much a given that the Suby version will not come here. I really hope I'm wrong though. I really hope this thing will look bad ass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope Subaru decides to install a transmission from this decade in this car. A 5-speed out of a tractor isn't going to cut it in a world where even an Elantra comes with a 6-speed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If it looks even remotely like the Impreza concept from a few weeks ago, I will be thrilled.


      Oh, and it better have a boxer engine (almost guaranteed), with a turbo (ditto), and AWD (a little concerned that it won't).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tricked ya'll! This was me "undercover"!
      • 4 Years Ago
      with their current designers, and with a rear-wheel drive proportion to it, i'm betting it's going to be quite good looking. It took me a while to wrap my head around a rear wheel drive Subaru, but their engines are fantastic. They have low centers of gravity. They have frequently worked with Porsche to help develop their platforms and engine tech. I think this is going to be a very desirable sports car. Let's see if they market it in the States.

      And their current high-tech boxer engine a "turbo lump?" We should all have such powerful and lightweight lumps!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, "Turbo lump..."

        I absolutely love to drive Subaru's turbo engines. As an enthusiast I couldn't ask for much more. A turbo-charged engine with mountains of torque, easily drivable, and a fantastic, non-fart-can boxer sound.

        On the other side. As a Subaru enthusiast (I'm on my 5th Suby), I can't see the desire of owning one that is RWD. I know other markets are different and Suby designs FWD cars abroad, but in the States it's their niche. AWD and Boxers! Peanut butter and jelly. Beer and pretzels. Angelina Jolie and lotion.

        I live in a place that AWD can be a "must" for my commute. I'll stick to Impreza's and Legacy's if this is RWD only.
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