BMW Reconsidering Luxury Pickup Truck

Mercedes famously tried and failed with a luxury pickup called the X-Class, based on a platform borrowed from Nissan, that debuted in 2017. BMW called the X-Class “a disappointment” at the time. And the indictment was proved accurate as only a few years later; the X-Class was abruptly pulled from the global market.

In 2018, BMW effectively ruled out building a truck as there were only a few regions in the world where a premium truck would be viable. However, the landscape is changing.

The US has the Rivian R1T, and mainstream brands have upped their pickup game with models like the Toyota Tundra Capstone, GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate, and the Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum.

“We always calculated [that a luxury truck] would just be for the US. Maybe things are changing,” Dukec said.

The time seems right for BMW to revisit this niche.

“The SAV segment is anyway growing [and as a carmaker], you’re looking at this, definitely.”

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