Subaru Teases More Next-Generation BRZ Images And Why It Won't Be Sold In Europe
The all-new second-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ reveal is now only six days away. Subaru of America released another short clip on the next-generation BRZ for fans to have a few more glimpses before the sports car is officially revealed on November 18. Check out the new 2022 BRZ video here.
New information from AutoCar has surfaced that says the new BRZ will not be sold in Europe. This does not come as a surprise, as Subaru sales have fallen off drastically in the last few years. Subaru Europe also dropped the iconic WRX and WRX STI in 2018 as 150 examples of a Final Edition model ended the performance car era.
With pressure from the government and with the demise of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) in Europe, Subaru Corporation decided to drop the STI across the pond. The gas hungry WRX STI doesn’t fit the European EV mold, and it went away forever in its current form.
It looks like the Subaru BRZ has met the same fate and the STI and will not be offered to European performance customers. The report from AutoCar also says the BRZ “will be a US-only model,” which would be a big surprise. We can’t imagine Subaru would not sell the BRZ rear-drive sports car in Australia, Japan, and Russia.
Subaru could reintroduce the BRZ and WRX STI to Europe when the Japanese automaker gives the two performance cars a hybrid drivetrain. But that’s at least a decade away. Subaru Corporation has said its “fully-electrified” lineup of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric models won’t come until the mid-2030s.
The new-generation 2022 BRZ will be underpinned by the Subaru Global Platform, which Subaru can use with gas engines, plug-in hybrid technology, and full electric powertrains. So the second-generation BRZ will start out being gas-powered and possibly switch to hybrid power for the third-generation model.
For the 2022 model year, reports say the BRZ will get the new FA24 2.4-liter Subaru Boxer engine, but the BRZ/GR86 will be naturally-aspirated. We’ve also heard the BRZ/GR86 will have around 220 PS and 240 Nm (217 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque), a bump up from the current 205 horsepower 156 lb-ft of torque.
The all-new next-generation 2022 Subaru BRZ sports coupe is coming to North America and will make its global reveal on November 18. Stay tuned.
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