They call it the Subaru Cross Sport. They suggest it displays the “future direction for urban SUVs”. It rides a little high. It has a split tailgate. It even has a CVT automatic gearbox.
The evidence? The technical details are scant, but it’s only 60mm longer than a BRZ. Weight, though it’s slightly academic in a concept, is only 1250kg. And it’s reputed to have a boxer engine driving the rear wheels.
Of course it has; just look at the front end. If they haven’t taken a BRZ as the start point, that’s because they took a Toyota GT86 off the line by mistake.
Subaru has clearly been thinking what I’m sure a few potential buyers have: “I want a BRZ, but I can’t get all my stuff in it.” Think of the Cross Sport, then, as a Ferrari FF for the masses. More passenger room, more dog room, and very much cooler, in a BMW M Coupé kind of way.
Will they build it? Will they heck. Subaru doesn’t have a brilliant strike rate when it comes to turning concepts into reality, and this is pretty ‘nichy’ even by its standards.