Baby FR-S Rumored to be $20,000 Rear-Drive Hatchback


Toyota is enjoying plenty of success with its new GT86/Scion FR-S sports car, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting complacent.

In fact, rumor has it that Toyota is working on a little brother to the FR-S in the form of a rear-wheel drive, five-door hatchback. It’ll be positioned as an entry-level sports car with a price tag around $20,000. At that price point, sacrifices have to be made, and in this case, this new hatch will be powered by a 1.5-liter powerplant with around 150 hp.

According to an inside source, this four-door hatch will also feature a lowered ride height and four-wheel independent suspension.

While Toyota has been forthcoming about a future vehicle tie-up between itself and BMW, the assumption was that the co-developed car would be a flagship performance machine. These new rumors suggest the contrary; indicating that this new sub-FR-S may be the love child of the Japanese-German union.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Byarosh says:

They already have the Matrix

Bill Perkins says:

Matrix is FWD.

MistyGreen says:

and awful.

Zythr says:

This car would probably replace the XD