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Back To The Future With A New Subaru Crosstrek STI Brat Pickup

Check out what a new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek STI Brat compact truck could look like. Should Subaru bring it?
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Americans are buying lots of mid-size trucks, but how about a small all-wheel-drive compact Subaru pickup based on the popular second-generation 2019 Subaru Crosstrek? According to reports, Ford is planning on bringing a global Mini truck to South American and is planning on selling it in North America. GM is also working on a new car-based compact Chevy truck with unibody construction. So why not take it further with a new 2020 Subaru Crosstrek STI Brat pickup?

Do you remember the Subaru Baja compact pickup? Subaru unveiled the first model in January 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. The Baja was the spiritual successor to the smaller Brat pickup, and like the Brat, Baja was based on Subaru’s wagon platform.


Subaru Baja

Subaru could take the new Global Platform that serves as the architecture for all-new Subaru vehicles and use it to bring a new small all-wheel-drive pickup based on Crosstrek. You might say they already tried that with the Brat (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) and the Legacy Outback-based Baja, and it didn’t work out well for the Japanese automaker.

The Baja featured Subaru's great all-wheel-drive system, making it versatile in a variety of road and weather conditions and it was meant to appeal to young consumers with a taste for the active, outdoor lifestyle much like the popular Crosstrek does today. But Baja had some serious issues.


2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The small Baja pickup never sold well and had some flaws. There was no middle seat and it could only haul four people, and only a small portion of the rear bulkhead (the mid-gate) folded for cargo. The bed was small, and the ride height was only 7.3-inches but by the end of production was raised to 8.4-inches.

Baja lacked power but was offered as a fun turbo model in 2004 with 230 horsepower, but it had an unattractive appearance. Subaru Corporation could use the second-generation 2019 Crosstrek as the basis for the new small pickup but they don’t have to make the same mistakes. It would be the ideal size and could offer the same removable partition that expanded the Baja’s truck bed to nearly 7 feet.

This time, make the opening as wide as the bed to accommodate a sheet of plywood or other large items. Going even further, let Subaru Tecnica International get their hands on it and offer it in two versions, a Crosstrek STI with the Ascent-sourced 2.4-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder boxer. And also offer it with an off-road package.

Will Subaru bring an all-new 2020 Crosstrek STI Brat and an off-road version to create a whole new compact pickup performance segment? It’s fun to think about, but it’s not very likely.

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Comments

Would you buy a performance Subaru Crosstrek-based STI pickup?
Yes absolutely
Yes..... it's about time Subaru offered this vehicle.
Difinitely if it had the Brat jump seats in the bed
Yes! I had to sell my 2005 Subaru Baja Turbo this summer. I drove this vehicle for 14 years and I LOVED it. At 150,000 miles it was going strong. I kept it in great mechanical condition. It needed a catalytic converter and I couldn't find a replacement. I decided the Baja needed to go to a collector who could work around parts availability difficulties. I am driving an Impreza Sport now.
Please dont call it STI. The word STI is race car enthusiast. Just call it Crosstek Baja truck
Heck yeah! But it would have to have the new flat 4 turbo! What a rush!
I will buy when they are available
Yes, I would. We have had 4 Subarus over the last 20 years. A pickup truck that could hold a sheet of plywood or long boards would be great. ....and a hybrid would be even better.
I love my Baja!
Loved my 1981 Brat but it died from inter-granular corrosion.
Yes I would, although I just bought the 2019 Crosstrek, and not in the parket for a truck at this point.
But they can't even make the vehicles that they have out now right. I am unsure how this one will turn up.
Ew. No. For one, its obvious by Jeep, Pickup and heck hatchback sales that people want four doors.
I wouldn't buy it. I would buy a WRX Crosstrek!
Its missing a wing
I would trade my 86 BRAT for one of these.
As long as subaru offered a 6 speed manual and a 2 speed transfercase , yes I would buy it.
Yes please! I'm the proud owner of a Baja but it's getting a bit up in years. This was a suggestion I made to SoA about a year ago when dealing with a warranty issue on my WRX. Bring it... I'll be first in line!
Yes please! I'm the proud owner of a Baja but it's getting a bit up in years. This was a suggestion I made to SoA about a year ago when dealing with a warranty issue on my WRX. Bring it... I'll be first in line!
I would love this. I have a 2003 Baja and love it. Perfect small truck for my needs.
As an owner of a Brat, and 2 Baja's (1 turbo, 1 without) I would definitely buy 1, or 2...
It’s a dud that Subaru doesn’t need. I know I wouldn’t buy it. Look at chevy’s attempt to recapture the El Camino with the hardly functional SSR (dud). And I certainly wouldn’t call the Baja a success story. There’s little more you could put in that “bed” that you couldn’t manage with a solid roof rack on any existing sedan. So why do it? Especially an STI model that will no doubt push a sticker of $30k+. Why bother with performance and symmetrical awd with all of the weight in the nose. The motor is already in front of the front axle and it took Subaru 2 decades to dial in the balance with the Impreza. I’d drop the extra 5 on a WRX/STI and buy a thousand dollar beater truck for the occasion it’s needed if I were in the market and looking at this thing. Pump a turbo BRZ/STI to the US market already and stop trying to revive stuff that never took off. If you like this concept, to each his/her own. But, if you think you’re essentially getting the convenience and versatility of a truck along with the comfort and economy of small sedan, I’m afraid to tell you that you’re not getting either. Just my advice
As a former Baja owner, I'd buy one of these loaded in about .5 seconds.
I'd buy it if they called it the Subaru BRAAP
Yes but Itll never happen .They sell car based pickups in Austrailia and they used to south of the border.Dont want to cut into the pickup market even if its not much of one
They need a Jeep and a rang rover type vehicle. It’s perfect for they niche market.
Can I get a simple manual transmission on Outback XT?
If they made a new STi Brat...TAKE MY MONEY!! I love my '08 Outback enough, but would gladly trade it in or sell it if Subaru made a new Brat with turbo and a 6 speed *yeeeeaaahh boooii*
Only if it had a six speed manual transmission AND at least a 2,400 lb towing capacity like my Baja.

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