Wait, what? BMW has built a one-off (X7-based) double-cab bakkie!

Wait, what? BMW has built a one-off (X7-based) double-cab bakkie!

Wait, what? BMW has built a one-off (X7-based) double-cab bakkie!

The X7 bakkie is 10cm longer than the production model. Working with BMW's concept auto division, a group of students based in Munich helped to create the X7 Pick-up in just ten months. It's a one-off concept to tease visitors during this weekend's BMW Motorrad Days motorcycle meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, hence the BMW F 850 GS in the rear.

Unlike most other bakkies from German premium brands, such as VW's Amarok and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, BMW's design team chose not to power its X7 double-cab with a diesel engine.

The team used the X7 xDrive40i as a basis, which is powered by BMW's 250kW 3-litre straight six turbopetrol motor, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

BMW has finally revealed a secret project bakkie that twelve of its most talented young technical appetencies have been working on.

It's definitely the most luxurious bakkie in the world with a handcrafted loading area with fine-polished wood finish and a height-adjustable two-level air suspension.

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With the transformation, the pick-up's body is 100 mm longer than the standard SUV, but the use of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the roof, rear doors, rear lid, as well as removing certain structures do help to cut 200 kg.

With the tailgate closed the bin has a loading length of 140cm and boasts handgrips made from SLS 3D pressure parts, the creation of which took some technical precision on the part of trainees.

The firm says it turned its concept into a "fully functional, road-legal automobile in show auto quality" in just ten months. The trainees were free to decide on conception and implementation, but had to forgo the additional expert assistance normally provided in concept vehicle construction. Oh, it's apparently legal for use on the road too, and the trainees hope to take the X7 Pick-up for a spin or even on a trip to the mountains.

The BMW X7 Pick-up is a one-off from BMW Group Vocational Training at the Munich location.

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