The BMW Australia’s MD Marc Werner, was quoted in a statement that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck is in the works. Apparently, the BMW is now making a surprise entry into the pickup truck segment. The automaker is trying to create an opportunity for which to leverage its reach in the market.
Based on our rendering, the BMW pickup truck is a mid-size pickup sharing the same platform with the X5. It uses a reinforced uni-body chassis that handles extra hauling and towing activities, while still being able to maintain a crossover-like ride. The 2018 BMW Pickup Truck would certainly be the ultimate driving and hauling machine. It is more logical that the automaker will modify its crossover platform to include a cargo box.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck – Carries the Same Exterior Styling as its X5 Cousin
Since the C-pillars are visible upfront, it is likely that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck carries the same exterior styling as its X5 cousin. That means, we should expect to see the classic four-eyed headlights and kidney bean grille. The truck’s approach is likely to become impressive and would be perfect for off-roading. On the rocker panels and lower front bumper, satin chrome-like accents are evident. These intonations give the new pickup an impression of skid plating. Additionally, this pickup truck mirrors the Volkswagen Amarok in that it uses a roof rack for extra cargo packing.
As far as the cargo bed goes, the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck introduces a composite bed that comprises a plastic liner. The Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma have both used beds like this in the past, and they have all received applause from their adherents. The car’s rear bumper is curved to reflect the crossover’s one. However, there’s a center step section designed for a license plate as well as a lower cut-out intended for a trailer hitch receiver. Overall, the inbound BMW Pickup Truck embodies absolute luxury and practicality.
Like the front fascia, the interior carries a host of themes that bear some resemblance with the X5 SUV. Its dashboard features French-stitched leather along with wood inserts. The available features encompass the iDrive controller, iPad-like infotainment screen and the classic analog cluster.
In the back, the BMW offers a folding bench that accommodates either three passengers or a large chunk of cargo. There’s a small transmission tunnel, which moderately disrupts the otherwise flat load floor. The automaker is also likely to borrow the roll-down rear window idea from the Toyota Tundra.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck – Drivetrain Options
Since the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck uses the X5 as a starting point, it is only logical the automaker avails the X5’s powertrain options. The incumbent X5 comes with four engine choices. These include a 3.0-liter I-6 turbo-diesel, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder, a 4.4-liter V8 turbo and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with a lithium-ion electric motor. The last one on this list powers up the X5 xDrive40e, which is BMW’s plug-in hybrid SUV.
The 3.0-liter inline-6 unit spews at least 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates the X5 from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The diesel option generates about 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, enough to hit the 60 mph mark in 6.5 seconds.
The V8 turbo is the performer of the lot, punching out up to 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. All the above engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Since it is a truck, we expect BMW’s xDrive All-Wheel Drive to come as standard. It is worth noting that BMW also offers a plug-in hybrid version, which will likely sway customers away from Tesla. 2018 BMW Pickup Truck Price and Release Date
Reveal and Price
The BMW is likely to charge a premium for its inbound 2018 BMW Pickup Truck. Its pricing schedule should be on par with the likes of the Mercedes pickup. If we decide to go the X5 way, the base 2018 BMW Pickup Truck variant should cast around $57,000. Keep in mind that the xDrive will come as standard.
The diesel option sees a nominal upcharge of about $700 or more. For those who wish to opt for the hybrid version, you may need to shell out over $62,000. Lastly, the powerhouse V-8 will command nearly $72,000. Details about the release date are still unknown, but the new BMW Pickup Truck takes on the Mercedes-Benz GLT and Tesla Model U.