5 SUVs Reimagined As Cool And Weird Pickup Trucks With Concept Renders
We Like Weird SUVs. We Like Weird Trucks. So How About Weird SUV Trucks?
Updated November 17, 2018
If you’re like us, you’ve wondered why more companies aren’t testing pickup truck sales in North America. Not only is the US the largest pickup market in the world, but luxury trucks have also become a thing. Here we have five SUV models from various manufacturers reimagined for our preferred body style. Most are pipe dreams but all are very cool and we have Theophiluschan to thank for them.
First off we have two visions of Volvo vehicles brought into the short bed form. We know that this company has always been safety focused so there would be no shortage of those features. North American pickups aren’t nearly as well crash tested as our cars so these would be the safest one out there.
The green model seems more like a Ute than a truck; closer to an El Camino than a Silverado. Meanwhile, the white one almost looks like a rebadge of a current midsized pickup from almost any manufacturer. If we could get our hands on one of these, we’d at least take it four a courtesy spin.
Range Rover is a company that you’d think would already have a pickup. The name of the company and the size of vehicles they make would back that thought up. Unfortunately, despite all of that, they’ve only had one with a bed, the Defender, which never came to the US. Their brand lends itself more to larger luxury vehicles than utilitarian builds. Theophiluschan shows us that the Discovery model would make a rather sharp short bed for the US.
This next one we may see happening sooner rather than later in the next generation of Jeep Wrangler. However, at the moment, that seems to just be rumors as well as reported test models. This render shows us that the Grand Cherokee’s smaller SUV body would make a solid base for a pickup. In this form, there are so many additions that could be made to customize and personalize it as a truck.
While an electric pickup truck seems to be the furthest out item from reality on this list, we like the look. As with one of the Volvo builds, it looks closer to a Ute than a pickup but the form factor is still there. We know that it would take work to make an EV more offroad capable but it could at least be fast. It would also lack the hauling and towing capacity that internal combustion models have until the technology catches up to the dream.
Finally, Theophiluschan calls out luxury brand Bentley to put more effort into a lavish pickup. This twist on the Bentley Bentayga brings it up to a size comparable to the Honda Ridgeline. Keeping the unmistakable front end design from the luxury car brand would definitely keep the airflow coming in. We’re thinking that this design is rather good looking but the designer may not agree with the license plate on the front.
As a bonus, we also have a real life mod that Newport Convertible Engineering will do to your Bentayga. If you have the money to pay for it, their conversion turns your luxury SUV into a 6×6. You may be asking, “how much does it cost to make this happen?” The answer is that if you have to ask, you can’t afford it and don’t need it.
What do you think of these renders bringing companies that don’t make pickups into the market? Are any of them appealing enough that you’d at least test drive them? If there any other SUV models that you feel were missed in this fun experiment, feel free to drop your suggestions in the comments below.
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