Scion Pickup Truck Rumored to Be Based on Toyota RAV4

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

When last we spoke to Scion boss Jack Hollis, his interest in a small truck for the youth brand was undeniable. Now reports of increased production at the automaker’s RAV4 facility in Woodstock, Ontario have spawned new rumors about the as yet unconfirmed sixth model in the Scion lineup.

Increased production of the RAV4 (up by 25%) could simply be a method Toyota is using to keep costs down by reducing the number of RAV4 models it imports from overseas. However, it also supports the possibility that Toyota will build a Scion truck based on the compact crossover platform.

Currently compact pickups are a dying breed, with CAFE rules penalizing smaller trucks that still aren’t tiny. Toyota has bucked this trend with the Tacoma, due mostly to the compact pickup’s dominance in the segment and Toyota’s continued efforts to be a player in the truck segment.

A unibody “truck” that is designed more as a lifestyle vehicle and less as a work machine would continue to help out Toyota’s fuel economy, and could also be rebaged as a Toyota model and sold overseas.

With Toyota currently offering both a 4-cylinder and a V6 in the RAV4, this might also make way for Scion’s first-ever six-cylinder model.

[Source: TacomaHQ]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Srfsk8snw Srfsk8snw on Nov 04, 2012

    I'll pass... I want a small truck to haul stuff not people. I don't need or want rear seats. the storage behind the regular cab tundra is about what I need inside. Going by the pic above the bed would not fit a surfboard, snowboard, bike, furniture, lumber etc... and I sure could not sleep in the back of it on a camping trip. The bed above is almost useless much like the discontinued Subaru Baja which I would have bought if it had a real bed. If this is anywhere near $20G I would rather get a basic Nissan Frontier.

  • Singingtoast Singingtoast on Dec 13, 2012

    I have a Tacoma but I will trade it in for an ABAT.