There are many car manufacturers which announced new pickup trucks in the past two years. Mercedes-Benz is going to launch the first pickup ever and can’t wait to see the first photos of this truck. On the other hand, some speculations appeared that Tesla is creating a pickup as well. Although Elon Musk has neither confirmed nor rejected these rumors there are more and more articles about the truck coming from this all-electric car manufacturer. Currently, American manufacturers are leaders in this segment, but the world is still waiting for Europeans to enter the race. BMW might be one of them with the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck. This pickup is just a speculation, but it would be interesting to see what it might look like.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck Review
So what make us think there is going to be a pickup made by BMW? Marc Werner, Managing Director of BMW Australia, was asked whether there is going to be such truck in the near future. He neither confirmed nor denied this statement, but replied: “never say never”. This statement sparkles many theories of a BMW pickup and this is one of them. We read lots of articles about this topic and took only the most probable solutions. Since BMW doesn’t have any experience in creating pickups it would be no surprise if they join forces with Toyota (just remember that BMW Z5 shares lots of features with Toyota Supra).
There are many speculations about the platform of the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck. It is very likely that this truck would be based on the same platform as Hilux. This doesn’t mean it is going to look the same as Hilux, they will just have the same platform. Some articles state that the truck might have a unibody chassis, such as Honda Ridgeline. On the other hand, it is also possible that BMW develops a unique platform, perhaps similar to American pickups. Such platform would probably be based on the X5 and would have similar characteristics as some of the American pickups.
Powertrain and Performance
Powertrain directly depends on the platform thus are several possible choices for the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck. However, it is most likely that it will share a platform with the X5 it is logical that it will share the powertrain. The current variant of the X5 has four different engine options: 3.0l inline-6 turbodiesel, 3.0l inline-6 turbocharged, 4.4l turbo eight-cylinder and 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder accompanied with an electric motor. They significantly differ in terms of power, torque, and acceleration.
The 3.0l diesel comes with an output of 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque while its gasoline counterpart pumps out 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The top unit is the 4.4l V8 which delivers 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The X5 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. All these engines are coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Since the pickup is expected to be more massive acceleration may go up to 6.5 seconds.
Engine lineup won’t be the only thing the pickup will borrow from the X5. Some speculate these two can have the same styling as well. This means the pickup truck can have a kidney bean grille with chrome accents. Chrome accents are also expected on side skirts and front bumper. In general, it will look luxurious and will be highly functional. Cabin theme won’t be surprising since BMW will probably modify existing interior. It is expected to be comfortable, classy and luxurious.
2018 BMW Pickup Truck Release Date and Price
If BMW decides to launch a pickup it will not happen before 2018. Some even dared to speculate the price. With the features presented in this article, the base variant of the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck should cost around $57,000 while the top offer can go up to $72,000.