Toyota-based Subaru Trezia hatchback will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show
27 January 2011
When we think about Toyota-Subaru partnership, the first thing that comes to mind is the highly anticipated rear-wheel-drive “Toyobaru” project. But while the FT-86 and its Subie sibling are first in our view, it wasn’t number one to market.
Automotive News reports that Subaru is going to present the Trezia hatchback in March at the Geneva Auto Show. The capacious five-door, which closely mirrors the Honda Fit in most every measurement, will be a near spot-on match of the Toyota Verso it’s based on, but with an Impreza-style grille slapped on the front clip and some Subaru badging sprinkled through ought. Both the Toyota Verso (named Ractis for JDM consumption) and Subaru Trezia are being sold in Japan now, and both cars are intended for Euro showrooms this spring.
In Japan, the Trezia is powered by a choice of 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter inline-four cylinder gasoline engines mated to a CVT, but in Europe the 1.5 will be replaced with a 1.4-liter diesel. In Japan, the Trezia can be had with all-wheel-drive provided car buyer’s check off the box for the more powerful engine, which will likely be the turbodiesel in Europe.