BMW has a number of methods it might develop a pickup. Initially, is to leverage its collaboration with Toyota. Remember, BMW’s next roadster, the Z5 will share parts with the upcoming Toyota Supra, so the set aren’t negative to co-developing products. In theory, BMW might borrow the chassis of the Toyota Hilux. BMW’s version would unquestionably have an unique appearance from the Hilux, though the Toyota’s rugged strength would shine through.
Another path BMW could take is constructing a completely new, body-on-frame pickup that squarely takes on American midsize trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, however on a more glamorous level. Finally, and more realistically, BMW might utilize one of its existing crossover platforms, customizing it to include a freight box. It makes rational sense then for BMW to utilize the X5 for its starting point.
2018 BMW Pickup Exterior
From the C-pillars forward, the 2018 BMW Pickup will likely bring the exact same styling as its X5 cousin. This implies the classic kidney bean grille and four-eyed headlights. Expect the truck’s technique angle to be outstanding, enabling it to manage moderate off-roading. Satin chrome-like accents are likely to appear on the lower front bumper and the rocker panels, offering the impression of skid plating. Like the Volkswagen Amarok, the BMW pickup could use a roofing rack for additional freight storage.
As for the cargo bed, expect it to be a composite bed with a plastic liner. Both the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline utilize beds like this with excellent success. The rear bumper is most likely to curve like a crossovers, however is most likely to have a center step area for a license plate and a lower cut-out for a trailer hitch receiver. In general, the BMW pickup would embody high-end and functionality, accommodating rich purchasers who desire something various or maybe who more energy than a choosy crossover offers.
2018 BMW Pickup Interior
Like the front end, the interior will carry familiar styles from the X5 SUV. Expect to see BMW’s normal dashboard with French-stitched leather and wood inserts. The iPad-like infotainment screen and iDrive controller will be present, in addition to the timeless analog gauge cluster. In back, BMW could follow the lead of other midsize trucks in using a folding bench that accommodated either three people or a big quantity of freight. A little transmission tunnel would only somewhat misshape the otherwise flat load flooring. Hopefully BMW will borrow the Toyota Tundra’s roll-down rear window idea. No matter which direction BMW takes with the truck’s chassis and body, expect absolutely nothing less than BMW high-end inside the cab. That one we can be pretty sure on.
2018 BMW Pickup Engine
Drivetrain choices likewise depend upon what path BMW chooses for the truck’s chassis and body. If it borrows the Toyota Hilux platform, perhaps the Hilux powertrains will be offered. However, since we’re betting BMW will use the X5 as its starting point, it’s just logical BMW would provide the X5’s powertrain choices in the pickup. This also applies if BMW develops a distinct truck chassis, as engine sharing would likely happen.
2018 BMW Pickup Release Date and Price
There is no precise date of its launch nevertheless it doesn’t indicate that it won’t be happening. BMW will definitely charge a premium for its pickup, but need to be on par with the Mercedes pickup. If we go by the X5’s current pricing schedule, the base BMW pickup will cast around $57,000. (Remember, xDrive comes standard.) The diesel version will only see a nominal up-charge of $700 or two. Going with the hybrid will cost simply over $62,000 and choosing the powerhouse V-8 will set you back almost $72,000. Obviously, pricing for a future BMW pickup is pure speculation at this point.