We’ve been hearing rumors of a Scion FR-S based sedan for some time now. And, frankly, we never quite believed the rumors, as we weren’t Toyota would be so daring as to make such a thing. Toyota, as you might know, is fairly conservative with its cars. And a compact, rear-wheel drive sports sedan seemed too outlandish for any one of its brands – let alone Scion.
What you see above is the photoshopped image of what the Toyota GT86 (the global nameplate of the Scion FR-S) of what the all-new concept sedan could look like. If it’s to be believed, I love it.
Power will likely come from one of three drivetrains: the standard 200 horsepower 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder that powers the present FR-S, a bored-out 2.5-liter version of that motor that could push 256+ hp, or even a sport hybrid powertrain that has been on the tongue of industry analysts for some time now.
I’d absolutely love to see Toyota dip into the sport hybrid world in a real way – after all, Toyota is the brand that started the hybrid craze. I don’t believe, however, that it’s ready to do so.
There are a couple reasons: 1.) I’m not sure Toyota would really debut such a noteworthy powertrain technology in Dubai right before the Tokyo Auto Show. And 2.) If it were ready to roll out its first real sport hybrid powertrain, I feel like we would have heard more about it by now.
Despite speculation, if the GT86 sedan does debut in Dubai, it’ll likely be a wild concept that never goes into production and likely not feature any exciting new drivetrain bits.
Toyota has a habit of making concepts that the motoring world loves and then quietly crushing them. Remember the awesome and – seemingly – production-ready GT86 Convertible? Yeah, Toyota isn’t making that despite insistence that the chassis was penned to be convertible ready.
So, yes, you’ll likely see an FR-S sedan next week. And you’ll probably never get to buy one. Huzzah?