Subaru Leone Rendering Based on Toyota Vios
The two Japanese automakers are pretty much joined at the hip now, having collaborated on a number of cars, the most famous one being the so-called Toyobaru project, which resulted in the creation of the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT 86 and Scion FR-S, all built by the same Fuji Heavy Industries factory.
Last month, Toyota launched the 3rd generation Vios was unveiled at the 2013 Bangkok Motor Show in Thailand. It's basically a redesigned Yaris aimed to explore emerging markets. Despite being a B-segment car, it's quite large at 4.410 mm in length.
Because its development resources are quite limited, Subaru could benefit from borrowing the Vios and giving it a fresh face. We don't know if the partnership between these companies allows for such a badge-swapping move, but as we've already established, it's not like all Subarus are cool.
These renderings depict a potential Subaru Leone sedan. The Leone was a compact sedan built and sold between 1971 and 1994. It's the perfect sub-Impreza nameplate to use, and we're sure some people will welcome the lion's return.
Rendering via Theophilus Chin