You won’t find the 2021 Subaru Baja pickup truck among future concepts by the Japanese carmaker. But, this vehicle is something fans are waiting for a long time. Too long, if you ask any of them. This utility vehicle left a remarkable trace during a five-year life. Meanwhile, Subaru created powerful and interesting SUVs, that could be the first step for Baja’s comeback.
The bad thing – we don’t know anything about the pickup. First – there is no official word from the company. Then – there are no test mules. And finally, rumors are not as loud as they used to be. Still, there is a tiny little hope that could lead to the surprising comeback of the iconic model.
What Is Subaru Baja?
The Japanese company had a short stint in the pickup truck market. Baja was the model launched in 2002. However, it never fulfilled expectations and the carmaker turned to other projects, discontinuing the pickup. The 2021 Subaru Baja pickup truck might appear as the new concept, with the release date set for exactly two decades after the first units appeared in the US soil. This would be a good ad for the carmaker and the pickup would refresh the lineup, showing that Subaru plans to compete more seriously in the US market.
2021 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Engines and Specs
The powertrains options are making the 2021 Subaru Baja pickup truck so attractive to see. The carmaker is famous for its Boxer flat-four engines with a low center of gravity. Well, these are fun to drive, but can they tow a lot? Well, Ascent is the new SUV that can tow up to 5,000 pounds properly equipped. With a sportier driving experience, this can be enough to deliver something new to all truckers. On the other hand, the SUV segment is too strong and it kills all other classes. Pickups can survive thanks to their utility.
A 2.4-liter turbocharged unit we can find on Ascent seems to be a legit drivetrain for the pickup. With 260 hp and 280 lb-ft, it is on par with V6 units offered by other mid-size models. Still, there is only one truck based on a unibody architecture. Honda Ridgeline is not a competition for leaders in this segment.
Will 2021 Subaru Baja Pickup Truck Ever Come Back?
As said, the pickup could appear exactly 20 years after the nameplate stepped into dealerships for the first time. We hope that the new era can last longer than five years. Subaru is now more experienced in the utility market, with its crossovers and SUVs achieving excellent sales. Well, this is not by chance. The success is a product of hard work and unique technology coming with their Boxer engines.
In the previous few years, we were listening to rumors about Baja turbo and sporty pickup. However, the company remained silent. This is the perfect chance for the return, with the 20th anniversary coming soon, as well as the mid-size truck market being popular again. Well, the bad thing is that competition is tougher than ever.
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