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Click above for more high-res images of the Toyota A-BAT Concept

Despite the fact that its full-sized truck competitors from Ford, General Motors and Dodge will all offer new small-displacement diesel engines within the next year or so, Toyota has reportedly canceled plans for a similar powertrain for its Tundra. Instead of dumping money into the stalled full-size market, the automaker has reportedly contacted key suppliers for quotes on systems for its radical A-BAT concept truck from the Detroit Auto Show. Powertrain choices for the trucklet would include a traditional four-cylinder option along with a hybrid drivetrain, possibly sourced from the Camry hybrid. If it went into production, the A-BAT would join the lonely Ford Ranger in the small pickup market and would use a uni-body platform in lieu of a full frame, which is standard fare on most other trucks. Then again, it may never be given the green-light for production at all.

[Sources: PickupTrucks.com, Automotive News - sub. req'd]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      I have felt that way ever since the ABAT appeared at the auto shows. It is a poor imitation of the earlier Dodge Rampage concept.

      I agree it has none of the innovative ideas. Chrysler has to do a reprise of the Dokota in the next several years, and I hope many of the innovative Rampage concepts will appear in it.

      I particualrly liked the pamp extention in the tailgate and the
      covered 4x8 plywood sliding area.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Though the full-sized truck market has not totally died, providing a small/mid-sized truck (a la Ridgeline, Avalanche), w/seemingly endless uses, is a pretty intelligent idea. Why do you think Dodge made the Rampage concept? Why do you think GM has the 4-dr Colorado? Financially strained homeowners (that don't own/tow boats, trailers, etc) start to realize that a smaller 4-dr pick-up would suit their needs just fine...why saving a little at the gas pump.

      If the production A-BAT ends of being just a little bit heavier than a Camry, their hybrid transmission will be another smart option for the new model.

      Toyota has already padded their small car offerings for the "fuel-conscious" consumer...now they will try to infiltrate the small truck market the same way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We need a foreign vehicle company to make a truck to compete with the F-2/350 and the Sierra/Silverado 2/3500 along with the Ram 2/3500.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because I would love to have a Tundra that was a diesel. That's why.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry- HD Tundra is completely off the table at this point. The diesel still might happen. Toyota came out last year with a brand new twin-turbo V8 diesel for the Land Cruiser. It would work awesome in the Tundra. It will need a Urea injection system over what it has in Europe now, and pricing would be touchy. IMHO, what the Tundra needs is better interior fabrics (they just look CHEAP) and a much tougher tailgate.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Of all the vehicles coming out of the U.S., those are some of our best. They're super tough, high quality, and very very good at what they do.

        There's nothing to gain by going import except the false sense of righteousness that comes with a T or H badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that A-BAT really that much smaller than the Tundra? To me eye, it looks just as big as a full size pick up truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Trying to out ugly the Aztec methinks.

      Looks like the Tundra got it on in an automotive threeway with a Tribeca and a Cayenne.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice ridgeline!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the market is primed for a small pickup. Yeah this thing is funky, but it'll fill a need for a lot of people who don't need to haul a lot of stuff, just some.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still looks like a Ridgeline.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My vote goes for Aztek Pickup.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "If it went into production, the A-BAT would join the lonely Ford Ranger in the small pickup market..."

        From the lowly "Taco"...to the radical "A-BAT"!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was excited about the A-BAT when it was first introduced, and I still love the idea. I am probably in the minority, but I like the looks, too.

      This is exactly what I need - I'm your typical suburbanite commuter who likes to do home improvement projects and woodworking. I need something with decent mileage that lets me haul a couple of sheets of plywood on occasion, yet still fits in my garage. If this got about the same mileage as my wife's Camry hybrid, I'd be elated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would welcome a Ranger, 90's sized Tacoma/Frontier in Toyota's line up, but make it a real pickup and not an SUV with the roof hacked off like the Ridgeline. And Toyota, while you're at it make a small 4cyl diesel available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is with the "Hybrid Synergy Drive" Badge?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perhaps it's because the A-BAT was rolled out as a Hybrid drive concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I vote that Toyota bring over the Hilux with the 3.0 diesel. That would satify the needs of getting good MPG..
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