• Jan 23, 2011
Subaru Trezia hatchback - Click above for high-res image gallery

When we think about Toyota-Subaru collaboration, the first thing that comes to mind is the highly anticipated rear-wheel-drive "Toyobaru" project. But while the FT-86 and its Subie sibling are first in our thoughts, it wasn't number one to market.

Automotive News reports that Subaru is set to unveil the Trezia hatchback in March at the Geneva Auto Show. The roomy five-door, which closely mirrors the Honda Fit in most every measurement, will be a near spot-on match of the Toyota Verso it's based on, but with an Impreza-style grille slapped on the front clip and some Subaru badging sprinkled throughought. Both the Toyota Verso (named Ractis for JDM consumption) and Subaru Trezia are being sold in Japan now, and both vehicles are destined for Euro showrooms this spring.

In Japan, the Trezia is powered by a choice of 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter inline-four cylinder gasoline engines mated to a CVT, but in Europe the 1.5 will be replaced with a 1.4-liter diesel. In Japan, the Trezia can be had with all-wheel-drive provided car buyers check off the box for the more powerful engine, which will likely be the turbodiesel in Europe.

With its roomy interior and diminutive footprint, the Trezia will likely do well overseas. But will we ever see Subaru's Fit-fighter in North America? With gas prices once again on the rise, it might not be a bad idea.




[Source: Automotive News sub. req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks as if Toyota is Running Subaru like Diamler did to Chrysler.
      Clunky looking car.
      Subaru was doing good lately after a run of ugly cars, now there back at the ugly again cars again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright, tune the engine, perhaps install a turbo. Upgrade brakes, suspension, and give me a manual gearbox. That could be tons of fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not a bad looking small car and i'm sure the Toyota Verso and Subaru Trezia duo will sell in resonable numbers. I am eagerly looking forward to the 'Toyobaru' and what ever else Toyota and Subaru co-develop.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I see one more triangular quarter window on a 5-door hatchback or CUV, I'm going to buy a gun. SO glad GM eschewed this cliche on their new tiny Sonic, and the Theta quadruplets.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't really understand Subaru's willingness to team up with Toyota on cars like this.

      I guess if it helps put more money in the bank to spend on their real cars, fine, but I hope it doesn't lead to a watered down Subie brand.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Watered down how? Subarus are econocars and their styling as of late aren't compelling
        • 3 Years Ago
        toyota bought GM's shares a while ago, they effectively 'own' a controlling interest in subaru akin to vw's relationship to porsche. subaru corp is toyota's b!tch, essentially. Whatever toyota wants to obligate them to do, they can.
        • 3 Years Ago
        seems like a bad move to partner with Toyota .. Toyota has way too much junk with poor relibilty..this will bring down Subaru reliability ratings..
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can't disagree with you there, unfortunately.

        But I still think there is something to be said for companies who refrain from attempting to enter every single existing marketing segment. BMW seems to be doing the same thing. Inifniti is looking into it. Toyota and Honda have been there for a while, and we all know how that turned out.

        There are just so few companies that stick to what they do well, and that's it. Again, there is always the profit motive, but Subaru, in my opinion, should stick to making their relatively cheap AWD cars and leave the Smart Car competitors to Chrysler and Toyota.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Whatever quirkiness Subaru had must be gone by now, right? I mean, I don't know much about Subaru in the 80s and 90s, but my friend's '08 Outback is just a tall, narrow, cramped wagon with AWD. He talks excitedly about how the owner's manual instructs you how to drive through streams, and he parks next to other Outbacks in parking lots and waves to their drivers, but he's yet to do a thing with the car other than drive it to work and back. Am I missing something regarding what makes the average non-WRX Subarus special? Is it just because they're not big sellers?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ zamafir
        GM owned 20% of FHI's shares
        Toyota owns 16.7%. Toyota doesn't even have a member on FHI's board of directors.
        Volkswagen has a 50% stake in Porsche.
        Subaru has rebadged small cars for the Japanese and European markets for a long time.
        1994-2004 the European Justy was a rebadged Suzuki Swift
        2001 - 2005 the Japanese Traviq was a rebadged Opel Zafira
        Subaru also rebadged the Isuzu Trooper in Japan in 1988

        Subaru also sells and has sold 2WD vehicles in Japan and Europe long after the US went AWD only. In addition to that, Subaru used inline engines in several of its JDM Kei cars.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Subaru special reply for Bob-omb (great name by the way). 1) Flat four engine (naturally balanced in all three forces and lower center of gravity), 2) extensive use of AWD, 3) extensive use of forced induction, 4) Reliable (yeah a stretch for special I know but reliable makes it special to me at least). While other manufacturers have these traits, few combine them (other then porsche).
        • 3 Years Ago
        An increasing amount of cars companies have been forming alliances with Toyota for quite some time.

        Lotus has been using Toyota engines for many years, Aston Martin is rebadging the IQ for it's own purpose, Subaru and the 'Big T' are co-developing while not forgetting Toyota has allowed a number of car makers access to it's Hybrid Technology.

      • 3 Years Ago
      I love Toyota and Subaru, but where is the originality in this car? Subaru, can you answer? Toyota's stylized steering wheel? really?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite funky.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You realize that when Subaru was partnered with GM (GM also owned more shares back then than Toyota currently does) that Subaru rebadged Suzukis for a small car to sell in Japan and Europe. This is nothing new.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not only that, Subaru used to sell a re-badged Opel Zafira, called the Traviq.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my Subies I've had over the years,...but I despise Toyota....and will
      actively avoid anything the two work on.

      Guess I better look into the latest impreza or forester now....

      And for all the non-subies here,...ALOT of the neatness for owning one,..is that
      growl and the low center of gravity by having a flat engine.

      That and the fact you CAN work on these cars,...try pulling a door panel off say a VW....you'll break it....why?...because they want you to buy another one.

      Subie used to be designed for engineers BY engineers.

      Toyota is bland,lifeless,Japanese Buick....IMHO...that died off with the Mk2 Supra.

      The Mk3 Supra was a Ferrari chaser,...that cost as much as a Ferrari....

      I'd rather Subie be in cahoots with Honda or even Suzuki...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would call you dumb.... but I'll just say you are very uninformed... or perhaps misinformed. Whatev.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I'd rather Subie be in cahoots with Honda or even Suzuki..."

        Wow. Honda I could sorta-kinda see, but their styling has been worse than Toyota these past few years. Suzuki? Are you kidding me? The only thing Suzuki is known for in my mind is little, unreliable, tin boxes. Reliability is clearly #1 on their radar, so I think Toyota was a wise choice in that respect.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im a Subaru fan so i can understand the misguided anger toward Toyota... But lets face it people. Subaru destroyed their own designs themselves way before Toyota got involved. The 2008 WRX was a joke and this econobox is saddly one of the most aggressive looking cars that Subaru makes! how sad is that! And have you seen the FT-86? THAT is a great looking car. I can only hope that side of Toyota rubs off on Subaru. Cause subaru cars need a major major styling makeover. More so than Toyota's lineup.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously what the hell it Toyota doing to Subaru?

      Its bad enough the latest Legacy/Outback range have lost all the original DNA that made Subaru so special...

      What happened to the pillar-less windows, the low sporty design, the quality interior plastics... With that latest range they are to tall and big for the boxer engine and symmetrical all wheel drive to even make a difference.

      Toyota is doing a really good job at killing off the whole reason to buy Subaru, ands this Trezia is just another poor example of what happens when you team up with another company that knows nothing about your buyers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Its bad enough the latest Legacy/Outback range have lost all the original DNA that made Subaru so special..."

        You're seriously blaming Toyota for Subaru's current models? And your main gripe now is that the doors have frames?!
        • 3 Years Ago
        When did Subaru ever have good quality plastics? If anything, they were always about the worst of the worst, except maybe back in XT days (can't remember).
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : ScottieNZ - I completely and wholeheartedly disagree.

        Subaru and Toyota both engineer great cars on thier own merit and some co-operation has done Subaru DNA no harm. Time stands still for no man or company and those who don't move forward in the ever-increasing competitive market simply will not survive.

        Subaru DNA is as strong as it has ever has been albiet with an increasingly more versatile portfolio which i confidently believe will benefit both brands particuarly on a global level.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Fit?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. That roofline is very familiar.
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