The BMW is planning to ditch their traditional style and embrace the much-hyped Pickup bandwagon, with BMW Australia’s Managing Director affirming that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck based on the X5 model is on its way to the market. The BMW’s chief rival Mercedes joined this movement not so long ago.
As the firm’s Australian MD Marc Werner asserts, this pickup truck is geared toward users who desire absolute utility and comfort. It presents a reinforced unibody chassis designed for extra towing and hauling duties. The pickup also maintains a crossover-like ride that will appeal its enthusiasts.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck – Features the same styling as its X5 cousin
Thanks to the C-Pillars going forward, it is evident that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck features the same styling as its X5 cousin. It also implies that the new truck will include a classic kidney bean grille along with four-eyed headlights. Its angle of approach is not only impressive but also makes it a lot easier for the truck to handle moderate off-road tasks.
The chrome-like satin accents are visible on the lower front bumper and rocker panels, giving the truck a skid-plating impression. Its cargo section is made up of a composite bed that is lined with a plastic material. The rear bumper is curved to look like a crossover and includes a center step that clamps the license plate.
The overall exterior embodies luxury and functionality. The new pickup truck would be suitable for wealthy buyers who are seeking for something more than a regular crossover can deliver. That for sure will become a reality.
Similar to the front fascia, the inside of our inbound 2018 BMW Pickup Truck carries familiar themes from its X5 SUV cousin. It is likely to convey BMW’s typical dashboard, which encompasses French-stitched leather alongside wood insets. Expect to find the standard analog gauge cluster, iDrive controller, and iPad-like infotainment system.
At the back, the automaker follows the lead of other mid-size trucks that offer a folding bench. It will accommodate either three passengers or a huge chunk of cargo. We can also see a small transmission tunnel that appears to disrupt the otherwise smooth load floor. We hope BMW will borrow the roll-down rear window design from the Toyota Tundra.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck – Comes with Few Engine Options
The 2018 BMW Pickup Truck is primarily targeted to the European market. Therefore, it is likely to come equipped with a diesel powertrain. Reports flowing into our newsrooms indicate that this auto will present four different engine choices. The first option is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder unit that yields up to 200 horsepower.
The second one is 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder that pumps out north of 300 horses and the same amount of torque. The third motor is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-6 unit that is capable of 255 horses along with 413 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, we will have a 4.4-liter V8 powertrain that leads the lot with 445 horses and 480 lb-ft of torque.
The turbo V-8powertrain accelerates from zero all the way up to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. All these engines get mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Note that BMW’s xDrive AWD system comes as standard. Irrespective of engine type, the truck has what it takes to tow beyond 3.5 tons.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck – MSRP and Release Date
The 2018 BMW Pickup Truck is likely to bill around $57,000 for the basic trim and up to $62,000 for the range-topper. The current emerging reports indicate that the new Pickup Truck from BMW will arrive by the end of this year. We will inform you when it finally hits the dealership in its full form.