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Is a Toyota Corolla pickup truck on the horizon?

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In a round-up of Toyota’s upcoming product cadence, an Automotive News story speculates that a Corolla-based compact pickup truck could be on the way. Reporter Larry Vellequette said this product is under discussion but hasn’t been approved yet.

So, what would a Corolla-based compact pickup truck look like? And when would we see it? We don’t have any clear answers, but we have speculations of our own.

A Toyota Corolla pickup?

One thing is for sure, this Toyota Corolla pickup would be aimed squarely at the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. We’d expect it to be similar in size to the Corolla Cross compact crossover and built on the same GA-C platform. Therefore, we’d also expect to get the gas-only 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine as well as the hybrid variant.

We’d also assume that Toyota would cash in on the Corolla name in some way, but we don’t know if they would simply call it the Toyota Corolla pickup, or if they’d come up with some pithy contraction like Coroll-up or Corolla Ute.

What remains to be seen is if the styling would be more rugged – like the Maverick – or more urban chic – like the Santa Cruz.

When might we see it?

According to the Auto News report, we wouldn’t see it until 2027, earliest. That would coincide with the next-generation of the Corolla Cross, which came out for the 2020 model year. The report also speculates that it would be built in the Mississippi plant that builds the Corolla – not the Alabama one that builds the Corolla Cross.

The bottom line

Ford can’t seem to build enough Mavericks, and the Santa Cruz is steadily gaining popularity. We’ve said repeatedly that we’re surprised no other automaker is cashing in on the compact truck trend. We’ve heard rumors about Ram and Nissan compact trucks, but there have been no confirmations.

So, will Toyota be the next one to build a compact truck? We don’t know, but we think they should. How about you? Would you be interested in a Toyota Corolla pickup?

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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  1. Buford T Justice August 9, 2023

    it will be on the lines of the Honda Ridgeline.

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      Jill Ciminillo August 14, 2023

      I would think it would be a bit smaller. But definitely unibody.

  2. Jared August 9, 2023

    I would love to see a Toyota option in this segment, provided it was similar size to the Maverick and not smaller. This would be focused on MPG vs Tacoma. A hybrid truck from Toyota that was focused on MPG would be great!

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      Jill Ciminillo August 14, 2023



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