A Subaru executive from Australia has refused to rule out the possibility the Japanese brand could one day offer a bakkie based on the Hilux.

While Subaru Australia general manager Blair Read stressed to CarsGuide.com.au he knew of no such plans, he admitted he “would love” to have the option of a bakkie, saying “there’s always the possibility”.

“There’s no visibility on those sorts of discussions on what could be in the pipeline,” Read told the publication.

“But it brings to mind the great example of the BRZ and 86 – and the successful fruits of that Toyota and Subaru partnership.”

As a reminder, Toyota has a stake in Subaru and the two Japanese firms have existing agreements in place.

Between 1978 and 1994, of course, Subaru sold a unibody bakkie badged as the Brat or Brumby, depending on the market.

“I guess people are always talking about the Brumby and the Brat, and any car company would love to have all the options available to provide, and what you can bring to market,” Read added.

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