3 Discontinued Pickup Trucks That Should Make a Comeback
The abandoned pickup truck graveyard takes up a lot of space in the proverbial vehicle graveyard. Trucks like the Chevrolet SSR, Mazda B-Series and Subaru Baja deserve a second (or third) chance. Those looking for a reliable used pickup truck may want to look elsewhere, but it’s time to bring those trucks back.
the chevrolet ssr is a fine example of abandoned vans
If nostalgia is a big seller these days, why hasn’t the Chevrolet SSR pickup returned? Car and driver says that when the DDR hit the scene at the Detroit Auto Show in 2000, people seemed enthusiastic about the truck/roadster combination. People were less enthusiastic by the time 2003 rolled around and the Chevrolet SSR hit the market. It had a 5.3L V8 that only had 300 hp. The SSR weighed over 4,000 pounds, which was too heavy for the V8.
By the time 2005 hit, the Chevrolet SSR featured a 390hp 6.2L LS2 engine. It was too late, however. The market had no room for the SSR, and the SSR didn’t impress enough. Now could be a good time for the Chevy SSR to return as an electric truck. It would be capable of carrying the heavy vehicle but would have enough power from the electric motor to make it satisfying for drivers.
the The Mazda B-Series Is One of the Coolest Abandoned Pickup Truckss
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The Mazda B-series pickup truck left the market in 2008. The B-series shared a platform with the popular Ford Ranger truck, but not its popularity. Soon after, Mazda lent the B-series underpinnings to Isuzu. The Isuzu D-Max is the mechanical twin of the B-series that still lives on today.
There might be room for the B-series truck to come back and compete with similar trucks. However, Mazda still offered the truck with a manual engine. If that materialized, the automaker could take some of that remaining market space.
the Subaru Baja may sound a little weird, but it’s cool
The Subaru Baja is one of those abandoned trucks that you might forget at first. However, you will soon remember! In a 2002 Car and driver article on the Subaru Baja, the author stated, “It’s an Outback station wagon with a pickup bed pushing behind the rear seats.”
The Baja combines all the features you might want in a truck and makes each one more practical. There was a bed people could use for gear and dirty boots after a quick hike. It also had a pass-through for larger items. The Subaru Baja had four doors to transport at least four people to said ride. It could get off the road and the steering was pretty responsive. Basically the perfect Subaru truck. There was even a CD player! The ideal vehicle for a revival.
If you could bring back a van, SUV or abandoned car, which would you choose? It might not be long, but the Mazda B-Series might have the best chance of making new fans over the next few years.
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