It’s not official, but this could be exactly the Baja/Brat we need
Combines Subaru looks and Toyota underpinnings
Subaru has already taken a few stabs at the station wagon-turned pickup truck by way of the Brat and the later four-door Baja, but those were both before the brand sold anything large enough to make a decent facsimile of a pickup. What if they tried again, using their three-row Ascent and a little help from Subaru’s partnership with Toyota? This unofficial rendering gives us a pretty good idea and a look at a cool midsize pickup.
The rendering was posted to Behance by KDesign from Brazil, and it shows a modern version of what the designer calls the Subaru Brat. That’s the name the Subar-ute first wore in 1978, short for “Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter.” In other markets it had far better names, like the Brumby badge it was given in Australia.
It starts with a front-end treatment that is clearly taken from the Subaru Ascent crossover (or maybe more Forester, but since it’s a rendering call it a bit of both), the automaker’s largest passenger vehicle. Instead of turning the rear of that into a pickup (like the Baja or the more successful Honda Ridgeline), the designer imagines an expansion of the Subaru and Toyota partnership that brought us the BRZ and 86 twins.
That means it’s an Ascent nose with the cab, frame, and platform of the Toyota Hilux, that automaker’s world-renowned small pickup, known for its go-anywhere capability.
We’ll point out that this rendering is a fantasy of its creator, no matter how much we like the idea. Toyota and Subaru are expanding their partnership, though, with a new EV expected to be shared by both, plus Toyota owns a significant stake in Subaru. Hyundai is also planning to join the crossover-pickup market with the Santa Cruz later this year, so maybe the time is right for the return of the Brat?