CarAdvice understands no firm date has yet been given to local dealerships, however there is an internal expectation that – if all goes to plan – the new models will begin arriving during the second half of 2021, some six months after the model was initially expected.
No official reason has been given for the presumed delay, however the development of several other Toyota and Subaru models have been similarly affected by slowdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The current generation models are built at Subaru's assembly plant in Japan, and feature a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine producing 152kW and 212Nm.
Earlier this month CarAdvice reported that the car could get a naturally aspirated variant of the 2.4-litre FA24 boxer engine (shared with the 2021 Subaru Outback), however other reports have suggested the powertrain could be turbocharged.
It will likely be offered with a choice of six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.
The Subaru BRZ is presently priced from $35,270 plus on road costs, while the Toyota 86 is priced from $32,180 plus on-road costs.