Before you start complaining about why this is a ridiculous idea and why on earth would they approve a sedan variant while dropping the idea of a convertible version? Well, think about the bright side of having an 86 sedan. Remember the Datsun 510 or the BMW E30 sedans? Well you can think of this 4 door 86 as their modern alternative; a cheap, practical and a simple performance sedan. Plus, the wife is less likely to complain about it, the kids will probably like it and the insurance quote could go lower.
The 86, for the least, still remains loyal to the idea of being a ‘budget’ sports car. Though the price being proposed, initially, could probably be a bit too high but were not certain as we got the info from Australian sources:
Citing insider sources, UK’s Auto Express says the sedan will be built on the 86 platform, but with a 10cm extension of the wheelbase and feature ‘keen look’ grille styling that draws on the design of samurai swords.
The sedan will be powered by the 86’s 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre Subaru-sourced boxer engine and likely be available with the same transmission choices of a six-speed manual or six-speed sports automatic. However there will also be a hybrid version, developing between 185-200kW and offering 10-15 per cent improvement on fuel economy over the petrol version.
As previously reported, the hybrid could draw on a detuned version of the petrol engine plus electic motor system from the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept, and capture and store brake energy with a Formula One style kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) for short spurts of extra power.
It’s suggested the Toyota 86 sedan will be launched around the end of 2015, with prices starting in the equivalent of $35,000 overseas. With Toyota’s focus on keeping the 86 affordable here — despite its hero desirability — that could suggest a similar starting point in the Australian market.