Look out Honda Ridgeline and VW Tanoak, you aren’t the only ones who can turn a crossover into a pickup. Here’s the latest from BMW. It’s an X7 that’s gotten the pickup conversion process. Though don’t expect this one to make it to mass production.
The crossover into pickup conversion is hot right now, especially if it’s only intended to be a concept. But hey, it makes sense since the 1950s saw the family sedan of the day, back when it was still a sedan, turned into a pickup by multiple automakers. None of those El Caminos or Rancheros were ever this luxurious, though.
It starts with an X7 xDrive40i. The 3.0L straight-six that’s turbocharged to 335 hp. It’s standard X7 up front, but strange things start once you get to the B-Pillar.
That’s a handcrafted pickup bed. And yes, it’s real wood. A polished teak wood finish that makes it a nicer place to put your stuff than any pickup truck bed we’ve ever seen. Helping make it a bit more functional, BMW has added grab handles to the sail panel behind the rear side glass.
That’s a 1,400mm long bed, making it about 200 mm shorter than even the Ridgeline’s. But drop the tailgate, and there’s enough length for the real reason BMW built this.
It’s to hold a BMW F 850 GS adventure bike. That’s because this concept was built for BMW’s Motorrad Days. It’s the 19th edition of the show celebrating BMW’s two-wheeled side. The show runs this weekend in Germany and is expected to see 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts meet to talk bikes, check out new bikes, take rides into the mountains, and see celebrities and stunt riders.
The X7-mino was built by 12 trainees from BMW’s Vocational Training division in Munich. It took them just 10 months to modify the X7 into a road-legal and fully functional truck. The X7 they started with was a development model. That means that it would have been scrapped before it found a new life with less bodywork.
They used carbon fibre composites to make the new panels and bed. So even though the X7 is 100 mm longer than standard, it weighs 200 kg less. It also uses 3D printed parts like the handgrips and trim strips, giving the students an extremely detailed look into what goes into building a modern concept car.