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Subaru has signaled its intent to enter the large seven-seater SUV segment with the recently-unveiled Viziv-7 concept, moving away from its core sedan and wagon models that has typified its business. Could a pick-up truck be next, then? Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has visualised just such a Pleiades-badged workhorse based on the show car, which you can see here.

The Viziv-7’s bluff front end, large wheels and pronounced haunches transfer well to the body of a pick-up, providing a more muscular look that’s not typically associated with a Subaru. The result is a design that’s not too far off the latest trucks, in particular the handsome Nissan NP300 Navara.

If such a model does come to fruition, expect it to be based on Subaru’s next-generation unibody Global Platform from the new Impreza, on which the production version of the Viziv-7 is also expected to be built on. This would differ from most other pick-up which feature ladder frame construction, with the exception of the monocoque Honda Ridgeline.

As such, expect a Subaru pick-up truck to retain the use of boxer engines, including a 2.0 litre flat-four turbodiesel engine – in the Legacy, it produces 147 hp and 350 Nm. The company’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive should also feature.

GALLERY: Subaru Viziv-7 Concept