• BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW’s Answer to the Mercedes X-Class

Should BMW build it?

Ever since BMW entered the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, enthusiasts have been clamoring for the Germans to produce a pickup truck. Now that Mercedes-Benz is offering the X-Class, a BMW-badged truck seems to make more sense. With the flagship X7 unveiled a few weeks ago, we can’t help but wonder whether BMW should consider a truck version at last.

The Bavarian Pickup

BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW's Answer to the Mercedes X-Class
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Needless to say, the X7 looks fantastic as a truck in our official rendering.

It’s massive and boxy enough to look imposing, just like a truck made for the U.S. market should. Granted, an X7-based pickup would be too big to go against the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, but it would give BMW access into this market.

Unfortunately, the German firm isn't very keen on making one.

Last month, Klaus Frolich, a board member for BMW development, said that the company considers a truck doesn’t make for a good business case. The official added that BMW doesn’t want to use an existing monocoque chassis for such a vehicle and that a brand-new body-on-frame design would be too expensive to be worthwhile.

It’s worth noting that Mercedes-Benz got around this problem by building the X-Class on the body-on-frame chassis of the Nissan Navara, thanks to its cooperation with the Renault-Nissan alliance. However, BMW doesn’t have such an option, although Rolls-Royce recently launched its own SUV, the Cullinan.

What do you think? Should BMW develop a pickup truck soon? Should it be based on the X7? Let us know in the comments section below.

Further Reading

BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW's Answer to the Mercedes X-Class Exterior Exclusive Renderings
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Read our full speculative review on the BMW Pickup.

2019 BMW X7 Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW X7.

2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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