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Thread: Bring back the Baja - a discussion

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    So I've been thinking a bit about unibody trucks lately. Rumor has it that Honda plans to redesign the Ridgeline in a couple years, basing it on the new CR-V chassis. Dodge has given hints for a while now that the new Grand Cherokee chassis could spawn a compact unibody truck under the Ram badge. It's my belief (or perhaps wishful thinking) that in the coming years we'll see a shift of compact trucks from body-on-frame gas guzzlers to slightly more pedestrian, crossover-based suvs with open beds. In my opinion, I think it would be a smart move for Subaru to get back into the compact, unibody truck market, but this time base it on the Forester - make it a bit more high-riding, a bit larger, and a bit more aesthetically pleasing to appeal to a broader market of "lifestyle" truck buyers. Anyone else have any thoughts on the matter?
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    I agree, I love the Baja's. I want one and think they have a ton of potential.

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    I am in favor of them too. I love my BRAT.
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    I would love to see the Baja come back. Especially in XT trim.
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    that would be awesome - I grew up on Brats (had two) and would love to find a nice Baja. . .
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    Agreed the Baja was a cool. It had power, Utility, enough space, and you could put stuff in the back. If you wanted you could get a cap for it too. IMO it was a good concept that looked good that wasn't your typical 'SUV' ::insert picture of Ford Explorer::

    I have always liked Subaru's crossover look sporty, good looks... but hey I can really put stuff in here and USE it attitude.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JacksonRally View Post
    ^^^^^^

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    i think a newer baja thats larger would be awesome, enough to fit 2 dirt bikes or 1 quad. something with a little more storage in the back. maybe a newer brat would be better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebhockey View Post
    Battlewagon 2.0?



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    Oh I already have a Baja in my head if I ever came across one! I know exactly what I would do

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    2door baja with a big useable bed. I would buy that. Imo current baja is pointless cuz the cabin is small and so is the bed.
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    I think they would have more success with it if they moved away from being car-like and made it more suv-ish. Make it larger, give it both more cabin space and a larger bed, etc. Basically build it to more directly compete with the Honda Ridgeline.
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    ^ I think with the Baja, Subaru was trying to hit the market of people who want the utility of a truck... but not all the time. WITHOUT having to buy a truck.

    In short Subaru's El Camino ( or Ranchero). I personally love the El Camino, but it doesn't seem to stick. Dodge tried their luck 'kind of' by bringing it back with the Magnum wagon. If you were to chop the back and make a bed.... TADA you have a reinvented El Camino. (Big Motor, not a big truck, with space for stuff)


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    I agree with your assessment of the original philosophy of use of the Baja. What I'm saying is if they tried to make a unibody truck that was more truck-like theyd sell more of them.
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    I disagree. I think it should be smaller. I suggest something like a FIAT Strada Adventure Doble Cabina (Google it), but with the new 1.6 DIT.


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