Younger car enthusiasts probably don’t remember that this Japanese manufacturer had several pickup truck models in the offer in the past. Today, this company is focused on sedans and crossover, but it looks like we are about to see a pickup truck in the offer as well. In the past, Subaru had several small pickups in the offer. This time, we will see something bigger. It should be a mid-size truck.
According to the latest reports, we should see a concept version first. It should arrive next year, as 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept, according to few reputable car magazines. Interestingly, it will ride on a car-based platform and have most things in common with the recently-launched Ascent. The two models should share the platform, as well as styling approach, interior design and much more. Expect to see it on some major show during next year.
2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept Design
As we already mentioned, the new truck should come in a form of a concept first. Expect to see it as 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept. Just like every other concept, it will come with lots of modern design solutions and technologies. Still, it probably won’t go too far from the production model, which should come soon after. In terms of base design characteristics, this truck will have most in common with the company’s new SUV, Ascent. These two models will share the platform, which practically means that we won’t see a truck in a classic manner.
Instead of a classic body-on-frame construction, the 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept will ride on a unibody platform, like modern cars and crossovers. This means that the Honda Ridgeline is about to get a serious competitor. These two models will compete in some kind of a sub-segment of mid-size trucks, which puts comfort over capabilities.
2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept Styling
In terms of styling, the 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept will definitely come with some new design solutions but probably won’t go too far from the Ascent. Most likely, the future production model will feature pretty much the same design language and recently introduced crossover. Just like in all other cases, this also means a pretty conservative approach, which means a definitive lack of radical styling solutions, The front end of the 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept should be almost identical to the Ascent, while the rest of vehicle will come in a classic pickup manner. In terms of body styles, we are pretty sure that the 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept will come in some kind of a double-cab layout. Eventually, the production model should continue in the same manner. Single-cab versions don’t seem so likely.
2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept Interior
Once again, expect to see lots of inspiration from the Ascent. Most likely, the future production model will feature (almost) the same dashboard design. This means lots of conventional design solutions. This company always puts practicality over style. Will the new 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept feature all those 17 cup holders, we can’t say at the moment, probably won’t. on the other side, expect lots of tech features, including Subaru’s latest suites of safety and driver-assist systems. This aspect will definitely be the truck’s strong point.
2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept Engine
Without any doubt, the 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept, as well as the future production model, will feature the company’s new, efficient turbo inline-four gasoline engine. Instead of a large V6 unit, we will see this efficient four-cylinder powertrain which features a displacement of 2.4 liters and max output of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It will come in a pair with a CVT, though an optional manual gearbox also seems pretty likely.
Some reports also suggest an optional six-cylinder unit in the offer, but this doesn’t seem so likely, considering that the new inline-four is pretty much on par with all V6 engines in the class. It will definitely provide similar performances in terms of speed and acceleration while keeping fuel economy on a higher level. Also, the new truck should be quite decent in terms of towing capabilities. Of course, it won’t be able to compete with body-on-frame trucks but should be on par with the Honda Ridgeline, which can tow up to 5.000 pounds.
2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept Release Date and Price
The 2019 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Concept should have its premiere at some of the upcoming major car shows. When will this happen, we can’t say for sure at the moment. In any case, the production model should come relatively soon after, in a matter of months. It is still early to speculate about price, but we are pretty sure that base models will go somewhere between 27.000 and 30.000 dollars. The biggest rival should be Honda Ridgeline.