If Subaru was going to produce such a vehicle, there would have to be substantial engine upgrades.... you can't have something that's shaped like a truck with a low HP engine....it just doesn't pan out well. I love the way this looks, but to produce something like this, that looks like a truck, it has to have the capabilities of a truck, meaning towing, large load capacity, and don't forget, there would have to be some sort of dual range. not because we would need it, but because potential truck buyers see that as a must.
We can't forget that while we Subaru owners view all Subarus as fantastic vehicles, (Which they are!) to properly sell and market new models to potential buyers who don't already know the wonders of owning a Subaru, you have to have competitive features and capabilities. Especially with the way the car sales business is being affected by the internet. People generally only see the numbers. And in terms of towing and HP and such, the XV wouldn't even make it onto the radar.
IMO this is why the Baja was discontinued. YES it looks sweet. YES it has a bed to carry small things in. but it can't tow very much, it doesn't have "truck" horsepower, and the bed is too small to put anything of significant size in. Because the Baja was attempt to edge in on the truck market while not being a proper truck, it didn't sell well, and so it was discontinued.
I LOVE the way this concept looks. I'm not trying to shoot down anyone's ideas, but a project like this would require so much more than just a rear seat delete....
At the end of the day, you still have to sell vehicles to more than just your loyal customers to stay in business, and unless the vehicle can bring people into a showroom to potentially look at buying said vehicle, the parent company can't rationalize production and sale.
Additionally, with the internet, people are buying vehicles much differently than they were previously. AND NUMBERS COUNT. people may not know about boxer engines, they may not know much about AWD and the differences for instance between full-time and part-time systems, heck they may not even know where Subarus are produced, but they look at the numbers, and comparable models between manufacturers, and that's why then go to various dealerships, because there are comparable vehicles, and they want to try all of the similar models to choose the one that fits best. If the numbers aren't comparable, then people never even make it into the showroom.