Toyota is very near to approving the production series of a GT 86 sedan, according to Australian media reports. So far, it can’t be confirmed that there will be a GT 86 cabrio but it appears that Toyota wants to build a more practical sedan variant which will supposedly get a 100mm extended wheelbase to give more room to rear passengers.
A source told Motoring.com.au that the car is more likely to arrive at dealerships than the cabrio. The GT 86 sedan has a stretched wheelbase and two more doors. It features a "keen-look" front grille that brings to mind the Japanese katana samurai sword. Like the coupe, it will be equipped with a 2.0-liter boxer engine.
However, it will also be getting a next-gen hybrid arrangement, which was previewed by the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept at the IAA last month.
The source also said that this new type of hybrid setup will enable the Toyota GT 86 sedan to generate up to 268 bhp (200 kW) and to offer a fuel economy rating that’s 10-15% better than that of the conventional-powered coupe.
It’s likely that it will make use of an F1-inspired KERS system which under braking will recover the kinetic energy. The GT 86 sedan is expected to have its public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March, before it is launched to the market in late 2015 with a price comparable to that of its two-door sibling.