A South African designer living in France has released renders of a Subaru-badged double-cab bakkie he dreamt up to take on Toyota’s Hilux.

Neil de Vos, an industrial designer who way back in 2012 placed third in CAR magazine’s Design A Car competition, used Subaru’s Ascent SUV as a base for his rendering.

For the record, the three-row Ascent is Subaru’s largest model yet, but is underpinning by a unibody platform rather than the ladder-frame chassis used by the likes of the Hilux and Ford Ranger.

While it’s certainly an interesting thought (particularly considering Toyota has a stake in Subaru and the two Japanese firms have existing agreements in place), the chances of Subaru entering the double-cab space seem exceedingly slim at best.

And we simply don’t see Toyota entering a deal that would see a badge-engineered Hilux join Subaru’s range...