BMW is rethinking luxury car production as the luxury truck landscape changes in several markets around the world.
In 2017, when Mercedes presented its first Pick-up – X-Class – based on the Nissan platform, BMW had called the concept “disappointing”. And of course, the X-Class was not one of the successful projects of Mercedes, as a few years later the Stuttgart company. he took it off the market.
The pick-up segment has been a perennial favorite in the US, but BMW has found it unsatisfactory in other markets around the world. So, in 2018 he left all comments follow the path of Mercedes and X-Class and not submit Pick-up of his own payment.
Now, however, things are changing. Especially in the United States, the delivery of cars as new Ford F-150 Platinum Electric and Toyota Tundra Capstonewith electricity interests Rivian R1Tlooks like they are making BMW rethink that.
The head of architecture of the Munich company, Domagoj Dukec, discussing with the press in Villa D’Este, Italy – during the presentation of The new BMW 5 Series and i5– he said so BMW is considering a number of new ideas – and one of them is the Pickup.
“Ever since I’ve been at BMW, people have been asking for a Pick-up. We always thought this would only be used in the US. Maybe things are changing. The SAV class is growing, and [ως αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία] we’re watching it carefully, of course”Dukec said.
One can easily assume that BMW may partner with Toyota -as he did for Z4which takes elements of Toyota Supra– for the design and development of his own Pick-up. Maybe, in fact, he was putting his badge on that semi truck it will be based on the Toyota Tacoma and the TNGA-F platform.
However, BMW initially denied thisand everything indicates that if he continues with the construction of Pick-up he will do so and its engineering, and research and development from scratchso that it has the driving characteristics of BMW cars.
In fact, it is not excluded that the Bavarian company will enter the category of electric Pick-ups, after the obvious success of the Tesla Cybertruck before it was even available in the US market. If that happens, preferably a “rural” BMW. based on the electric version of the new X5..