Subaru has reportedly ruled out any chance of a uniquely styled offering in the rapidly growing compact SUV segment, but it may yet return to the global motorsport stage.
Compact SUV Ruled Out?
According to the UK’s Auto Express, a tight budget has moved Subaru brass to scotch plans for a compact SUV that would take on the likes of the Juke, Renegade and EcoSport.
The report claims that while insiders have acknowledged the sales potential for such a model, there isn’t the cash available to develop it.
Introducing a compact SUV would reportedly require a new platform (Subaru has a new modular platform in the works) and, according to unnamed company insiders, smaller turbocharged engines than any currently available within the company.
And although not addressed, the potential for sourcing suitable engines and platforms from another company - similar to its BRZ/86 partnership with Toyota - may also have been ruled out.
Subaru’s local arm is unlikely to be fazed by this report, however, with the XV already one of the most popular models in Australia’s small SUV segment with 6565 sales year-to-date.
Motorsport Return On The Cards?
Subaru may be considering a new assault on the world motorsport stage, if the same report is to be believed.
The report adds that Subaru would be most likely to consider a hybrid prototype racing dynamic, allowing the company to further develop the diesel-electric all-wheel-drive system previewed with the Viziv concept last year.
A sleek racing car based on its virtual GT Vision concept could also be on the cards, depending on the racing series the company eventually decides on.
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