In today’s automotive industry nothing seems impossible, even to see a pickup truck from the company that is famous for amazing sports cars, mostly sedans, and coupes. The Bavarian carmaker was one of the first luxury brands to start with crossovers. Still, the current situation on the market goes in such a direction that even trucks are about to get their sub-segment. It all started recently with the Mercedes-Benz X-Class. The famous manufacturer works with Nissan for years, and this is one of the latest products from this cooperation.
The famous luxury carmaker introduced a mid-size luxury SUV, based on Nissan Navara. Considering that the Bavarian company is considered to be the closest rival, the 2019 BMW Pickup Truck seems pretty much like a certain thing. Though we are still waiting for the official confirmation, it looks like the new model is on its way and that we could see it on the market already next year.
2019 BMW Pickup Truck Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, we can rely mostly on rumors at the moment. The Bavarian manufacturer is famous for sports cars, but not for utility vehicles, so there is no classic body-on-frame vehicle in the company’s lineup. Considering this fact, a unibody architecture imposes itself as a logical solution. There is a big chance to see a new 2019 BMW Pickup Truck based on a classic car-like platform. In practice, this would mean fewer capabilities compared to a common pickup truck, but several other benefits on the other side.
Such a design approach can be found in the Honda Ridgeline truck. Compared to the competition, the Ridgeline offers far better comfort and superior driving experience. Considering that the 2019 BMW Pickup Truck would be a premium pickup truck, this things would be raised to the even higher level. This would mean even more luxury and better driving dynamics for sure.
2019 BMW Pickup Truck With a Body-On-Frame Platform
Although a unibody design seems almost like a certain thing, we won’t exclude the possibility to see a classic truck in the offer either. As you probably know, the Bavarian carmaker successfully cooperates with Toyota. Two companies working together on new Supra and Z4 models. Also, Toyota supplies BMW with hybrid powertrain components. This cooperation could deepen in the way that the 2019 BMW Pickup Truck could borrow the platform from the famous Toyota Hilux/Tacoma. These are some of the best mid-size trucks you can find around. So, it would sound pretty logical for BMW to borrow the architecture. Still, a modern unibody platform sounds more likely at the moment.
2019 BMW Pickup Truck Styling and Interior Design
If the company decides to stick to a unibody approach, there is no doubt that the new 2019 BMW Pickup Truck will be closely related to the famous X5 crossover. The company’s most famous SUV has been redesigned completely and now rides on the new CLAR architecture. The new truck should mimic X5 in many ways, starting with completely same mechanics. Also, expect to see an almost identical look from the front bumper to B-pillar. The 2019 BMW Pickup Truck will adopt the brand’s newest design language, the latest derivate of BMW’s famous kidney-grille design philosophy.
Same goes for the interior design. We expect to see completely the same dashboard layout as in the new X5. This would practically mean the same approach as in new 7 Series. It looks like the new flagship sedan will be the inspiration for all upcoming models from the famous German company. This means better materials quality, more horizontal lines and plenty of new tech features including some very advanced safety systems.
2019 BMW Pickup Truck Engines
When it comes to engines, we should see the same lineup as for the X5 models. In North America, base models would use a familiar 3.0-liter inline-six unit. It is good for about 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Of course, there is a well-known 4.4-liter V8 engine. This one features a max output of 456 horses and 480 pound-feet of torque.
For the European market, BMW will also offer it famous inline-six diesel engine. This unit has a displacement of 3.0 liter and max power of 261 hp and 467 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is available in quad-turbo variants, reserved for M-badged models. In this version, you can count on monstrous 394 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there is a chance to see a diesel version in the offer as well. It should be a familiar system that combines six-cylinder gasoline unit and an electric motor for a max output of 394 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. An all-electric range goes around 50 miles.
2019 BMW Pickup Truck Release Date and Competition
The all-new 2019 BMW Pickup Truck should arrive next year, though we still didn’t get any official information from the manufacturer. When it comes to the competition, Mercedes-Benz has already launched its truck, X-Class. Also, Audi’s pickup is expected to come in the next few years.