Lately, it seems like the majority of the multinational automotive companies begin to realize the potential which offers the pickup truck market. Don’t be surprised if the pickup class grow overnight, and delivers some exceptionally comfortable and functional vehicles. The unibody pickups will be the thing in the next couple of years. At the moment, the Honda Ridgeline is the sole representative of the class. However, more and more acclaimed carmakers developing their very own pickups. One of them will come from Japan as well – 2021 Subaru Pickup Truck.
The development of this model is still at an early stage, so we can’t tell precisely when it will enter the production. But, according to the latest reports, the new platform is almost ready, as well as the initial design. As you might expect, the upcoming model will share many things in common with the current Subaru crossovers.
With that in mind, we assume that one of the primary references will be the ongoing Ascent. These two vehicles will have similar dimensions, and they will share the same design elements, as well as the cabin layout. But, the pickup will deliver a unique truck signature aesthetic, which will help to establish more recognizable styling.
2021 Subaru Pickup Truck Design – How It Will Look?
When it comes out, the 2021 Subaru Pickup Truck will be one of the visually most interesting vehicles. The Japanese automaker will deliver an attractive combination of sophisticated curves and rugged exterior. But, let’s start with the platform, shall we? Even though it is a pickup truck, after all, Subaru’s upcoming model will ride on a unibody platform. That’s right, you read it correctly, Honda Ridgeline won’t be so unique anymore. Well, of course, there are the pros and cons of this platform.
Using the unibody platform, the pickup won’t be as capable as, let’s say Toyota Tacoma or Chevrolet Colorado. But, it will provide a high level of comfort, spacious cabin, and ride quality of a crossover. That’s not a surprise since the truck will share so many things with the Ascent. According to the photos and the concept, the arriving Subaru Pickup Truck will fit in the mid-size class. Therefore, the wheelbase will probably be the same length as on the mid-size SUV sibling. These two models will share most of the mechanics as well.
Moreover, the front end will be very similar, except for a few styling details. But, the front bumper and the B-pillar will be practically the same. On the other hand, as a result of high cabin comfort, the bed capacity will be decreased. The Subaru Pickup will deliver a roomy crew cab layout, with a two-row configuration.
Engine Specs, Release Date and Price
As for the engine room, there’s no doubt that the forthcoming 2021 Subaru Pickup Truck will use the new, exceptionally efficient turbo-four mill. The 2.4-liter turbo-four powertrain will produce 260 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s almost equal output from V6 drivetrains. On top of that, Subaru’s pickup will be one of the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market. For example, the current Ascent returns 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. So, we expect to see a similar rating for the pickup as well.
Furthermore, there’s a possibility that the company will develop a performance version of the pickup, with more power, refined exterior, and off-road packages. The performance model will probably come as the 2021 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck. Although the official release date is not announced, we expect to see the pickup before the end of 2020. The starting price will probably be around $30,000.