Everyone Wants a Subaru Truck Back in the Family, But Surely Not a BRAT Like This One!

Subaru BRAT rendering by jlord8 6 photos
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Toyota, still the world's largest automaker after it handily beat Volkswagen AG by almost two million units (11.23 to 9.24 million) last year, is a company with many facets. It loves partnerships, for example.
Let's take America, for example, which has been one of their biggest strongholds year after year. Toyota has an ongoing partnership with BMW for the production (under Magna Steyr, in Austria) of the GR Supra flagship sports car (alongside BMW Z4), as well as with Subaru for the manufacturing of the GR86 (BRZ) and the all-electric bZ4X (Solterra).

Naturally, with Subaru being intertwined with Toyota a lot deeper than BMW, everyone thinks of them whenever there's a project worth discussing. And one major topic across the rumor mill revolves around the distinct possibility that Toyota will return to the compact pickup truck game with a potential revival of the beloved Stout nameplate or a modification of the Corolla Cross CUV into a unibody compact pickup truck worthy of taking on the likes of Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

More often than not, the rumors about Toyota's third truck for America are also intertwined with some whispers about a potential new partnership with Subaru that would see the latter also bring to market its own version of the model carrying either the BRAT or Baja monikers. However, sometimes, the topic gets a wacky interpretation from the imaginative realm of digital car content creators.

For example, Jim, the virtual artist known as jlord8 on social media, loves messing around with all things CGI from GM and Ford, but sometimes he also derails into Japanese stuff. Usually, these unofficial design projects are something to look forward to if they ever become real – such as the Acura VDX Type S minivan based on the Honda Odyssey but with a lot more power and panache, the revival of the Nissan Xterra based on the recent Frontier Hardbody or the two-door Land Cruiser FJ40.

Another one of his favorite Japanese themes is working on the newly introduced N400 Toyota Tacoma, the latest iteration of the best-selling mid-size pickup truck in America. Usually, he makes it look like something Tacoma fans would immediately put a downpayment for – such as a two-door Trailhunter SUV or morphing it into the next-generation 4Runner and making it look like the original N60 series from the 1980s.

However, on this occasion, things seriously got out of CGI control for the hypothetical return of the Subaru BRAT based on the N400 Tacoma. It's not too important that the pixel master retconned the segment of interest from compact to mid-size pickup trucks. Instead, we are apprehensive that maybe he needs psychological counsel if he thinks that Toyota and Subaru expanding their partnerships could lead to something as horrendous as this unofficial design project. Heck, even the author knows it's "hideous."

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Editor's note: Gallery includes additional Toyota Tacoma CGI projects by the same author.

About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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