Having witnessed how the Mercedes X-Class was a business flop, it goes with out saying BMW is in no hurry to launch a pickup, particularly because it has lots on its plate already. Despite the fact that there have been just a few official truck one-offs through the years, the German luxurious model believes this phase of the market will not be an “apparent match for the BMW model,” in line with BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk.
Nonetheless, there is perhaps a technique to get behind the wheel of a shiny new pickup truck powered by a BMW engine. Ineos Automotive already sells the Grenadier SUV with B57 and B58 inline-sixes and is getting ready to unveil a pickup equal. Referred to as the Grenadier Quartermaster, the double-cab truck will premiere on July 13 in the course of the 2023 Goodwood Competition of Velocity the place it’ll go up the well-known hill.
Ineos doesn’t say whether or not it’ll set up a gasoline or a diesel engine beneath the truck’s hood however count on it to be of BMW origins given the long-term deal between the 2 events. The SUV model has been in manufacturing on the former Sensible plant in Hambach, France since October 2022. The 2 inline-sixes work with an eight-speed ZF computerized transmission sending to the wheels 281 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) within the case of the fuel engine and 245 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) for the diesel.
The Grenadier Quartermaster is believed to experience on an prolonged wheelbase that shall be shared with a seven-seat variant of the SUV. Stretching the car is smart since it will deliver an extended mattress for further cargo capability. Of the 2 BMW engines, we’d argue the diesel could be extra appropriate given its beneficiant low-end torque.
The Grenadier and its upcoming Quartermaster by-product are usually not the one fashions to make use of BMW engines in 2023. The newest Vary Rover and Vary Rover Sport have a twin-turbo V8 4.4-liter unit from Munich. If JLR ever decides to deliver again the Defender pickup, we wouldn’t rule out one other BMW-powered truck.
Supply: Ineos Automotive