By Drew Johnson
Monday, Jan 3rd, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

Toyot's partnership with Subaru will soon bear fruit in the form of the FT86 compact coupe, but the Japanese automakers are mulling even further platform sharing.

According to a report by Motor Trend, Toyota is considering using its next-generation Highlander platform to underpin Subaru's next Tribeca CUV. The Highlander and Tribeca are roughly the same size.

Of course, the plan includes a boxer engine for the Tribeca and a typical Toyota powertrain for the Highlander. A hybrid version of the Highlander is a certainty, meaning it's highly likely that the Tribeca will gain a gas-electric variant.

The all-new Highlander isn't expected until 2014, so both CUVs will have to carry on in their current forms for a few more years.

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