The Subaru BRZ was launched in 2013 as a joint project between Toyota and Subaru. The model is nearly identical to the Toyota 86 except for some differences in body design. Although the model is seven years old, we expect the 2021 BRZ to be a carryover model. There has been much speculation around the continuation of the BRZ line but not to worry. A full redesign is likely to be seen for the 2022 model year.
In 2017, the BRZ saw a slight exterior refresh resulting in a sleeker and more sporty front bumper, upgraded fog light housings, and new headlights and taillights. We expect this design to carry over for the 2021 model year. On the inside, the BRZ will carry on with its simple design, red stitching, carbon fiber accents, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
We expect no changes under the hood, with the BRZ continuing on with its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine that puts out 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Although those numbers are decent for the car’s size, it has left many drivers wanting more. A recent report by Autocar speculates that the next generation BRZ could be seeing Subaru’s 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that the company has been putting in other models such as the Ascent, Outback, and Legacy.
Given its sports car status, the lack of safety features is not surprising. The 2020 BRZ only comes with a brake assist system and we expect this to carry over to the 2021. However, with Subaru's move to making its Eyesight Driver Assist Technology standard on many of its models, this could change with the next-generation BRZ.