And it’s not a modest refresh either – nearly everything has been tweaked, from the bumpers, lights and wheels to interior trims, suspension and the engine.
The visual changes aren’t mild either. The front bumper adopts a wide-mouthed look with an air dam that stetches nearly the full width of the car, the front fender “vent” panels no longer feature a stylised “86” logo, the frotnt and rear lamps get new lenses and LED elements and the rear bumper is restyled to match the front.
The high-spec alloy wheels get a brand new design as well, though it’s unclear whether the low-spec 16-inch wheels get the same treatment.
Spring and damper rates have been altered, though Toyota hasn’t detailed exactly how much or why. The addition of hill start assist should aid drivability in manual models.
Manual models also gain a mild boost in the form of 4kW more power and 9Nm more torque, bringing the total to 151kW/214Nm. New gear ratios also help manual-equipped 86 models perform better.
Auto models remain at 147kW/205Nm.
Interior changes are minor, with new seating material with silver contrast stitching on the high-grade 86 GTS variant, plus a new steering wheel with integrated audio controls. Trim materials on the instrument panel surround and door trims has also been revised for 2017.
The new 86 will go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of 2016, with pricing and precise specifications to be revealed closer to launch.