Back in 2016, Toyota and Mazda reached an agreement to share their technology.
Since then, we've seen the fruits of the partnership ripen in a
joint plant in Alabama
, and in vehicles like the
2020 Yaris Hatchback
, which borrows a platform from the Mazda2.
Now, according to rumours uncovered by
Japan's Best Car
, which cites news broken in a
story, and translated by
, Toyota-Lexus will be dipping into the Mazda honey pot once more to put its second-generation Lexus RC coupe on a Mazda platform and use a Mazda engine.
While speaking with Toyota about something else, Best Car
's editors uncovered information suggesting the brand has plans to use Mazda's upcoming straight-six engine and rear-drive platform
not just for the replacement to the Japan-only Mark X sedan, but also in an upcoming Lexus coupe slated to fit between the Lexus RC and LC.
What's more, Best Car
suggests that Lexus will also use the platform for the generation after the next of the Lexus IS and RC. That means the first Mazda-Lexus models could arrive in 2022.
It's a juicy rumour, but a rumour nonetheless. And if you want another one: there have been whispers about a full merger between Toyota and Mazda. Shhhh.