Toyota made quite a buzz with the GT 86 sports coupe but it appears that the manufacturer wants to push things even further. As a result, the Japanese carmaker is working on a new compact sports car which will be slotted below the Toyota GT 86. Codenamed 69DZ, the vehicle will make its debut in 2017 and according to Japan’s Best Car magazine its design will be similar to the current BMW 1-Series hatchback.
According to the same source, Toyota will choose the design inspired by the 1-Series in order to make sure that the vehicle will be popular in Europe. Now here is the interesting part: Best Car says that the vehicle might be developed in cooperation with BMW.
Toyota’s upcoming three-door hatchback will be powered by a 1.5-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that will develop 130 hp at 6,500 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is derived from the 2NR-FKE powerplant and it is co-developed by Yamaha.
Toyota will offer the engine as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option. Thanks to the total weight of under 1,000 kg, fuel consumption will be impressive, just 3.33 l/100 km.
The Japanese publication says that Toyota will unveil a concept version of the vehicle next year at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, while the production version will debut in 2017.