Old truckers say the Subaru truck is one of the most underrated models. The versatility and unique driving experience of the Subaru Baja never emerged again. The company produced it between 2002 and 2006, but it was enough to be remembered. Well, the Japanese carmaker had a rough time before they started building popular SUVs. Now, with the expansion of production capacities, we can think about the 2025 Subaru pickup.
The company is not making it official yet, but a few magazines claim their sources from Subaru are reporting the development has started. Nevertheless, those are still early stages. When test mules of the 2025 Subaru pickup show up, we will know the release date is close. Until then, everything is just a speculation.
Some call this truck 2025 Subaru Baja. The name is also unconfirmed. Of course, it won’t be called “Subaru pickup”.
2025 Subaru Pickup Concept
Everything depends on the size of the 2025 Subaru pickup. There are different four-cylinder units available in the family – naturally aspirated and turbocharged. Even some full-size half-ton trucks are using high-output four bangers. However, the Subaru truck is not going big. We believed the Baja could return as a midsize model. Another question is about the platform. With an existing unibody architecture, the pickup wouldn’t be too interesting and it can compete with Honda Ridgeline. On the other hand, Subaru made a partnership with Toyota. Two Japanese companies are sharing the technology and Subaru could borrow a ladder frame for its pickup. It will make the Baja a harder worker. However, handling and maneuvering would suffer. Again, with a low-gravity Boxer engine, Subbie always delivers a unique driving experience.
The new class was born recently. Compact trucks are becoming more popular in the past couple of seasons, ever since the Ford Maverick entered dealerships. Experts were suspicious about this type of pickup, but the Blue Oval company did a great job. Now, other manufacturers are trying to catch up. The 2025 Subaru pickup might be a compact model and face Maverick, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Toyota Stout…
Powertrain, Towing Capacity
Under the bonnet of the 2025 Subaru truck will be a four-cylinder unit, no matter what size it is going to be. A 2.5-liter Boxer engine is ready to deliver 190 horsepower. Current compact pickups are available with similar power outputs. This plant is also pretty efficient. On crossovers it can return 30 mpg combined. Of course, an AWD is standard and Subaru is not going to change that configuration.
However, if the 2025 Subaru Baja is going to be a midsize truck, then it needs extra power. A 2.4-liter turbocharged mill is more potent and delivers 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Other midsize pickups can do more and towing capacity won’t reach class leaders. Ascent SUV with this setup can haul 5,000 pounds. Midsize trucks are already above 7,000 lbs.
Subaru is ready for radical changes and a big step in its evolution. The 2025 Subaru pickup might get a hybrid system thanks to the cooperation with Toyota. Again, it all depends on the dimensions of the new Baja pickup. If the vehicle is small, then the focus is going to be on the efficiency and gas mileage. A midsize truck needs to tow more. Tacoma just received the iForce hybrid system. The same configuration might be available for the Subbie, and not only the truck.
What Will 2025 Subaru Pickup Look Like?
The new truck won’t look anything like the old Baja. Well, nearly 20 years later, the automotive industry evolved a lot. Now, all vehicles need to be aerodynamic and efficient while working, especially trucks. The 2025 Subaru Baja might pick up some solutions from the Ascent SUV, since we believe two vehicles can use the same platform. However, it’s been a while since the last update, so the truck can also look up to the latest Crosstrek, especially inside. The Starlink package is one best safety packages in the market. The Starlink multimedia offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The base screen is 6.5-inches wide. High-end versions will get a larger 11.6-inch display. Also, there are leather upholstery, seat heating/cooling functions, drive modes, and other goodies upscale models are bringing.
2025 Subaru Pickup Release Date
As soon as Subaru and Toyota announced their partnership, fans started bidding on benefits on both sides. For example, Subaru can offer AWD and Boxer engines to Toyota vehicles. Hybrid and EV technology goes the other way. Not only that, but enthusiasts are also expecting Toyota to help in reviving a pickup truck. The new Baja could debut next season as the 2025 YM. Sales won’t start so soon.
Still, there are some opinions that Subaru is going to invest more in crossover and SUV lineup, where the company generates more profit. Risky moves almost killed the reputation of the company in the US. Now, when the Subbie is back on the map, bosses won’t gamble again when there is a safe bet.