A new Subaru Brumby? No chance, but it’s fun to dream.
I couldn’t resist. When our colleagues Theo Throttle Throw a new one 2023 Subaru Impreza-based Brumby Rendering on the transom, all I had to do was run it.
So, here it is. what do you think It’s no chance of production compared to the pre-imagined Brumby – and more of a pity – but I think it looks ace.
Let us know in the comments which you prefer, this updated Impreza-based version of the WRX/Levorg-based design, published further down in this story.
The story here
June 2021: New WRX/Levorg conceptualized as Brumby.
A new Subaru Brumby? Okay fine. It was only a few years ago that Subaru Australia boss Colin Christie (now in charge of Inchcape, who runs Subaru here) told this writer. In a past life that such a model is “not even close to being in the product pipeline at any stage, anywhere”.
Nothing vague or ambiguous about it, is there? While most brands can change strategic direction faster than I can change my mind about dessert, it seems clear that for now, we’ll see Subaru return to the compact ute market. should not be expected.
Still, there’s never been a better time to dive in — at least, in the United States, where Hyundai has finally revealed its long-anticipated Santa Cruz pickup and Ford’s tiny new Maverick also debuted. What is it.
It’s hard to really describe any ute as ‘compact’, though. The Santa Cruz sits on a 3005mm wheelbase and measures 1905mm in width – 250mm and 40mm more than the long-wheelbase version of the mid-size Tucson SUV, respectively.
Similarly, the Maverick has a 3076mm wheelbase, giving it a 366mm longer footprint than the mid-size Ford Escape SUV.
Compare those numbers to the Brumby’s 2456mm wheelbase – even shorter than the 2550mm wheelbase of the smaller Toyota Yaris – and it’s easy to see that we’re never going back to true compact pickup space.
Still, if Subaru decides that the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick are forcing competitors to compete… could a new Brumby look something like this?
Presented by Digital Art Wiz Theo Throttlethis modern Brumby takes the next-generation Subaru Levorg and turns it into a convincing two-door unibody pickup – just like its granddad.
With the Levorg as the donor, we can expect the new Brumby to get an all-wheel drive system and Subaru’s new 130kW/300Nm 1.8-litre turbo petrol boxer engine.
Wishful thinking, perhaps, but if enough willing buyers want to submit to their local dealer… who knows?
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