BMW builds a one-off X7 pickup-truck
Is BMW planning a production series pickup truck? BMW says no, but for now, the Bavarians are flexing their muscles by unveiling a one-off BMW X7 Pick-up. The unique conversion was put together by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at the BMW Munich plant. The ute is based on BMW X7 xDrive40i and will be displayed at the BMW Motorrad Days.
A handcrafted loading area boasting a sophisticated fine-polished wood finish, a height-adjustable two-level air suspension and numerous high-class equipment details make this BMW X7 Pick-up an ideal companion for the diverse day-to-day uses and more. A BMW F 850 GS – a powerful motorcycle from the adventure segment – on the loading area completes the conversion.
“I am pleased about the synergies between BMW Group Vocational Training, Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology, allowing these young talents to prove their abilities with such an extraordinary project,” concludes Milagros Caiña-Andree, Member of the Board for Human Resources of the BMW AG.
The BMW X7 Pick-up offers a generous loading area. The length of the loading space varies from 140 cm (closed) to 200 cm (open). By using CFRP on roof components, rear doors and the rear lid, it was possible to further reduce weight by 200 kg vs. the production model, despite a 10 cm longer body.
The project uses handcrafted teakwood cladding of the loading area upgrade and the parapet elements, while the handgrips and trim strips are made from SLS 3D pressure parts.
There is also a unique combination of honey-colored teakwood and the BMW Individual color Tanzanite Blue metallic – an exclusive navy blue finish that develops extra depth when exposed to sunlight.
In just ten months, the twelve trainees from the occupational sectors body and vehicle mechanics (m/f/x), vehicle mechatronics (m/f/x) and technical model construction (m/f/x) turned a concept into a fully functional, road-legal automobile in show car quality.
On the loading area of the converted vehicle stands a BMW F 850 GS.
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