The pickup continues to be a popular vehicle for many buyers, and for good reason – it is truly one of the most versatile vehicle designs ever made. But the student of architecture Wojciech Jurkowski has reinvented the design with his RENAULT SUBTIL futuristic pickup, turning it into an SUV grade luxury vehicle that will definitely turn heads and still get the job done.
The design calls for a drivetrain consisting of four independent electric motors located within the wheels, saving the remainder of the space for passengers and cargo. The independent drivetrain allows for a new style of body design, permitting it to transform from a four-person car to a pickup mode on demand. The roof can also be opened, providing for an open-air driving experience. The design can even carry two snowmobiles, multiple bicycles, or other larger gear, so theextreme sports fans would be at home in this futuristic pickup just as easily as the average handyman would find it convenient.
I love the advantages that the simplification of the drivetrain allows for vehicle design. The cars of the future may indeed take on all the practicality of a Swiss Army Knife, reconfiguring itself for the task at hand. Of course, not everyone would need this kind of futuristic pickup, but for your typical multi-need driver this could be almost perfect.
The RENAULT SUBTIL would also make a great touring vehicle, and it could change from the “travel mode” used in getting there to a spacious and airy (thanks to an automatic folding roof) “tour mode” once on site. This kind of adaptability could even make the family vehicle an all-around workhorse while looking great doing it. In all, the RENAULT SUBTIL futuristic pickup can handle five different configurations.
I get excited when I see new designs such as this futuristic pickup because we are starting to see what the paring of new technology with new material sciences can offer the average consumer. In turn, this changes not only our expectations of what is available (such as new motorcycle styles) but also our interpretation of how it can be used. I think we’ll find new vehicle categories that transcend today’s choices, and with a design like this, we may have a new multi-tasking vehicle category before we know it.