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Redesigned 2022 Subaru BRZ keeps pin-sharp handling, gets a whole new body

Toyota and Subaru have co-developed a new generation of the Subaru BRZ.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

It's low and goes as slow as you let it. But, you won't want to go that slow. The 2022 Subaru BRZ has debuted with sharp looks, even sharper handling, improved stiffness, and a budget-friendly price tag.

Subaru teamed up with Toyota for the redesign. The two companies collaborated on the original BRZ, which shared a body with the Scion FR-S, but different interior, when it hit the market. The BRZ's new design features many of the characteristics of that original 2+2 sports car, and improves upon them.

2022 Subaru BRZ The new-generation BRZ is sleeker and more exciting than the previous generation.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Dimensions of the BRZ are similar in the new generation as they are with the previous. It's just over an inch longer and almost half an inch lower than its predecessor. The car has an aluminum roof, front fenders, and hood. Its curb weight is estimated at just under 2,900 pounds, which combines with the car's drive dynamics to deliver track-ready handling.

It has a bespoke chassis that yields a 101.4-inch wheelbase with near perfect weight distribution. At the front are custom-designed MacPherson-type struts and coil springs. Front lateral bending rigidity has been increased by 60-percent for the 2022 model to improve turn-in and response. The double wishbone rear suspension system is designed to deliver outstanding bump absorption to enhance tire grip over varied surfaces.

Subaru will sell the new BRZ with a standard Vehicle Stability Control traction and stability system that offers the driver five different settings. The system can also be completely disengaged.

The rear-wheel drive 2022 BRZ is powered by a 228-horsepower 2.4-liter engine. It redlines at 7,000 rpm and offers 15 percent more torque than it did in the previous generation, coming in at 184 pound-feet. Buyers can choose from the standard six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed automatic.

2022 Subaru BRZ

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The grille is set low between two wide fender arches and above large functional air intakes. At the sides are sill spoilers while a small fin at the rear and large rear fenders work to keep the car grounded and stable while on or off he track. The roof has a double-bubble-like appearance, which Subaru says is a nod to vintage race cars. It has less greenhouse than the previous version, but thinner pillars.

The BRZ has gotten a driver-centric interior as part of its redesign that includes a customizable 7-inch digital dashboard that has the tachometer with digital readout speedometer in its center. To the left of the tachometer is a programmable meter that can show the driver's choice of amps, water temperature, or a g-meter.

It features deeply contoured bucket seats with red stitching. The back seats fold for added cargo capacity. Despite being small, the BRZ can carry a fair amount of cargo. Subaru says that the BRZ has space for a mountain bike, golf clubs, or four race tires.

While the cabin isn't fancy, it has improved driver amenities including an 8-inch infotainment touch screen at the center with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, rearview camera, and satellite radio. Models equipped with the automatic transmission also get Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. A telematics system is available.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ will be sold in Premium and Limited trim levels. Production of the Subaru BRZ will be at Subaru's Gunma, Japan assembly plant. It will go on sale early fall of 2021.

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2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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The Solterra is Subaru's first EV.

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Months of teases and rumors are over, as Subaru has just taken wraps off of its Solterra electric SUV. The EV was developed in conjunction with Toyota, whose own electrified SUV debuted earlier this year. Subaru unveiled the SUV at an event in Japan, and while the U.S. version won't be shown until next week, this international reveal gives us a great idea of what we'll see.

Subaru Solterra The Solterra is nearly identical to the Toyota bZ4X in several key areas.Subaru

Since Subaru worked jointly with Toyota on the EV program, the Solterra is more than a close relative of Toyota's bZ4X – it's nearly identical, down to the powertrain. Up front, the Subaru EV splits from its Toyota counterpart with fake grille panels, but the vehicle's sides and overall shape are practically interchangeable. The Solterra's interior is almost a mirror image of the bZ4X, but there's no yoke steering wheel.

The Japanese specs aren't remarkable, but they're nothing to sneeze at, either. The crossover comes with a 71.4 kWh battery that should deliver a 250-mile range by EPA standards. Two drivetrains are offered, including a front-wheel drive version with a 150-kW motor and an all-wheel drive model with two 80-kW motors.

Subaru Solterra Subaru will show the Solterra at the LA Auto Show next week.Subaru

Subaru will announce the North American version of the Solterra next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. There may be minor differences in equipment and appearance, but the Subaru EV we see here should be close to the vehicle shown off in Japan. Subaru says that Solterra deliveries will start in mid-2022.

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