BMW has been toying with the idea of bringing a pick-up/ute model to the market before. They created a secret BMW E30 M3 pick-up model back in the 1980s, to carry parts around the development center and even built another one based on the E92 M3 more recently, as an April Fools joke. However, when Mercedes-Benz launched their own pick-up, the X-Class, BMW was quick to deny pondering a similar offering.
And yet, here we are today, looking at a pick-up based on the X7, the largest car the Germans are making these days. According to them, this is a unique conversion performed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at the BMW Munich plant. Based on the xDrive40i model, the pickup has a loading space that varies from 140 cm (closed) to 200 cm (open). The car is also 10 cm longer than the standard model as well as 200 kilos lighter.
The loading area and the parapet elements have handcrafted teakwood cladding , handgrips and trim strips made from SLS 3D pressure parts and look absolutely stunning, having been inspired by yachting apparently.
Twelve trainees from the occupational sectors body and vehicle mechanics, vehicle mechatronics and technical model construction turned a concept into a fully functional, road-legal automobile in show car quality, in just ten months. They used a vehicle returned from testing as the basis of the concept, which the trainees consequently saved from being scrapped. The trainees were free to decide on conception and implementation, but had to forgo the additional expert assistance normally provided in concept car construction. The bike you see in the back here is a BMW F 850 GS and can easily be used as a hint towards what could be stored back there. To me, this actually looks good but I'm interested in hearing other opinions as well.