These will never be built, but we like to dream.
One of our favorite things to do is imagine different versions of cars that manufacturers would never have the guts to build. We recently recommended that Volkswagen bring back some variant of the Rabbit Pickup, which is extremely unlikely. Also unlikely is Audi turning the Q7 into a pickup truck, although now that Mercedes is building a pickup truck, we wouldn't rule it out. We wondered what other SUVs would look cool as pickup trucks. All of these renderings come from Theophiluschin who can make any dream into a reality.
One of our most outrageous choices is the Bentley Bentayga. It was already enough of a stretch for Bentley to make an SUV, and we highly doubt that the company would ever venture into a market that is as "blue collar" as the pickup truck segment. Still, the Bentayga pickup rending does look intriguing. We also included an absolutely insane 6X6 version, which is the work of Newport Convertible Engineering, a company which specializes in turning cars into convertibles and armored vehicles. Not only do we love the 6X6 rendering, you can actually pay Newport to do this conversion for you. Although we bet it will cost a fortune.
Amazingly, our next choice is not completely out of the realm of possibility. Tesla has expressed interest in building a pickup truck, and this is what that would look like if it was based on the Model X SUV. A Tesla pickup truck would be interesting because an electric vehicle can't do a lot of the things that pickup truck owners need. Going off-road would be a struggle, and EVs can't really do towing either. It seems like an odd choice for Tesla to build a truck, but this is one that could actually happen. We do like the prospect of a P100D model that can hit 60 mph in less than three seconds. This would easily be the fastest pickup on the market. Although we doubt the falcon doors would make it.
Jeep, perhaps more so than any other manufacturer on this list, deserves to have a pickup truck model. The Jeep brand used to make pickup trucks like the Comanche and Gladiator, but has since stuck exclusively to SUVs. The next-generation Wrangler may get a pickup truck variant, but we think that an SUV-based truck would also be cool. Basing the truck on a smaller SUV like the Renegade would create a compact pickup truck that would be the only one of its kind in that segment. We also love the way these renderings of a Grand Cherokee pickup could look. If Jeep turned any of its models into a truck, we think it would be a sales success.
Even though most Range Rover owners never take their cars away from the mall parking lot, Land Rover has built its brand on off-roading capability. That is why we find it amazing that the brand doesn't have a pickup truck. You used to be able to buy a Defender with a small bed, but that was never sold in the US. In the US, Land Rover markets itself more as a luxury brand than an off-roading company, which is why we probably haven't seen a pickup truck here. Still, we think that the newly redesigned Discovery would be an excellent basis to build a truck. We love the way the new Discovery looks, and converting it into a truck would be a seamless exercise.
One area where pickup trucks have never shined is safety. Pickup trucks, at least in the US, have never been put under the same crash test scrutiny that passenger cars are put through. This means that the safety that people associate with such large vehicles is mostly an illusion. That is why we think it makes a lot of sense for Volvo to make a pickup truck. Volvo is pathologically obsessed with safety, and more and more buyers use pickup trucks as their daily drivers for their families. Volvo could build what would be the safest pickup truck on the market. What do you think of our list? Which pickup truck model would you most like to see become a reality?