Rumor has it that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck has been in the famed German automaker’s pipeline for some time now. Despite trying to fill every niche category they think needs to be filled, BMW still hasn’t dared to tackle the highly competitive field of pickup trucks. However, this could easily change and even the company’s CEO hinted at such a thing by saying they are “watching the truck market closely.” Although some may argue that BMW needs to focus on not losing their market share for their already existent models rather than delving into markets where they clearly don’t belong, a BMW pickup truck would certainly be a curious and welcome addition to the segment.
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Exterior and Interior
If the rumors are true and we have a brand-new BMW truck on the way, you can expect it to share the same body on frame chassis as the Toyota Hilux. What leads us to believe this is the evolving partnership between BMW and Toyota, who recently collaborated on the Z5 and Supra chassis. In terms of design the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck could take a lot of cues from the X5 or X6. Up front, expect to see all the classic BMW features such as the kidney grille, LED headlights and the contentious BMW hood. Where the new pickup will differ from the rest of the BMW lineup is certainly the rear side. Although, we are yet to officially see just what that will look like. However, we do have an artist’s rendering from Top Speed that we have included below.
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Inside, expect to see all the regular commodities no BMW vehicles dares to go without. Our best bet is that the 2018 BMW Pickup Truck will share most of its interior details with the X6. However, considering that most of the people interested in this truck will be buying it for its utility, rather than the leisure and luxury of a BMW vehicle, we might see some more rugged design features included.
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Engine and Powertrain
Some of the rumored engines for the new pickup include a couple of BMW-only engines, as well as a diesel option aimed mostly at the European market. The base powertrain option could be a 2-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder diesel that will deliver up to 200 horsepower. A more powerful option than that could be the 3-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, whose output is yet to be determined, but it may easily reach the 300 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque point. The power will most likely be sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, while a manual could also be offered. This 2018 BMW Pickup Truck will also need to tow more than 3.5 tons if it wishes to compete with the rest of the field.
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2018 BMW Pickup Truck Release Date and Price
There is no official release date for the BMW pickup, and it is unknown whether or not it will ever get made. However, if it was to get released, the new BMW truck could cost about $50.000 – $55.000, which is a consistent price point for most BMW vehicles.
We must add that none of this information has been confirmed yet and these are still only rumors.