While reading jgoods‘ post yesterday on the growing Toyota Prius line, I thought, quite sarcastically, “Watch, next will be a Prius pickup…”
I laughed at the irony of the boxy pickup finding its way into the wind-cheating aerodynamic shape of the Prius.
Can you think of two other vehicle types that are such polar opposites of each other?
Well, silly me. I guess I forgot all about the old Toyota A-BAT concept, which could be revived to join the suddenly-expanding Prius family. More on that and a sweet truck that actually deserves to be called a truck (but isn’t) after the break.
According to PickupTrucks.com, Toyota is considering reviving the A-BAT hybrid pickup concept that was unveiled in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show. The Advanced Breakthrough Aero Truck concept explored a hybrid drivetrain, unibody construction and a more compact shape. Kind of like a Ridgeline. Only hybrid. And smaller. But just as pointless.
I’ll accept hybrids into the general marketplace, but this thing doesn’t have a place in the U.S. pickup market. Give me a little Hilux diesel any day over the A-BAT!
During a discussion in Detroit, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed, sort of, Jeep would get a truck too. Or at least, something like one:
Talking about the Gladiator concept that was shown in Florida last year, Marchionne said, “I like that vehicle. I liked it the first day I saw it. There’s a better than 50 percent chance that you’ll get one. Regardless of what Ram says. They’re totally peeved off at the fact that we’re going to have anything that looks like a pickup truck with a Jeep badge on it. I actually think that there’s space for it.”
He went on to clarify that it’s not being called a truck, but a “multipurpose” vehicle fitted with “a truck bed.” Whatever it’s called, we’re sure there’s a better than 50 percent chance that Jeep-lovers will devour it.
Which would you park in the driveway: the Prius pickup or the Jeep pickup?