The head of Toyota in North America has revealed that the Japanese brand has plans to build a new bakkie on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform.

The news comes after talk that Volkswagen will soon unveil a pick-up truck running on its MQB underpinnings. Both, of course, would be unibody in construction (much like the Honda Ridgeline) rather than body-on-frame (like the Hilux and Amarok).

Speaking to Wards Auto, Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, revealed that a “truck platform” would be derived from the next generation of the brand's modular architecture.

Lentz, however, declined to reveal exactly when the first TGNA-based bakkies would be unveiled.

Late in 2015, the current-generation Prius was revealed as the first model to use the TNGA platform, with the C-HR joining it the following year. The new Auris, upcoming RAV4, Lexus UX and a handful of others also employ these underpinnings.