If you’re one to follow quirky one-offs by car manufacturers, you would know that BMW has a penchant for turning some of their vehicles into pickup trucks.
Being a brand that is more associated with performance instead of heavy duty haulers, BMW makes a case out of making cars like the E30 3-series and the E92 M3 into a pickup truck for random workhorse duties. Following suit with this ‘tradition’ the folks from Munich have made another pickup truck concept… out of an X7.
Spanning 2 meters long with the bed open, the X7 Pickup can load a fair amount of equipment into its bed. Some parts of the pickup were made in CFRP, and BMW was able to shave off roughly 200kg from the original X7 with this pickup version.
Made by a group of BMW Vocational Trainees with the help of BMW’s Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology Divisions, the X7 Pickup Concept is as functional as it is real. With the tail end of the X7 sectioned, the pickup concept trades 7 seats for 5 with a lengthy polished wood-floored bed.
Seeing as this will make its debut at the upcoming BMW Motorrad Days, a BMW F850 GS accompanies the X7 on its press photos with BMW indicating that the two are “faithful companions (because of) their excellent driving characteristics both on paved and unpaved roads.”
The team of trainees took about 10 months to complete the conversion and they started with a pre-production model that was supposed to be scrapped in order to save on costs. While the trainees had pretty much all the freedom to make the vehicle in terms of conceptualization and implementation, they received expert instruction from the Concept Vehicle division as far as actual construction of the vehicle goes.
As with their other pickup concepts, BMW clearly states that they have no plans of bringing this X7 pickup into production.