It was in 2017 when Mercedes dipped its toes within the luxurious truck section with the X-Class serving as a fancier Nissan Navara. The collaboration turned out to be a business flop as the luxury truck was retired a few years later on account of poor gross sales. Archrival BMW has by no means put a truck available on the market, however there have been a number of one-offs all through the years, with the latest being the 2019 X7 Pickup idea.
The probabilities of ever seeing the roundel on a truck are slim, however any longer, it’s potential to purchase a workhorse with a BMW engine. Ineos Automotive has taken the wraps off the Grenadier Quartermaster, a double-cab, five-seat pickup supplied solely with B57 and B58 engines. These inline-six 3.0-liter items are hooked as much as an eight-speed ZF automated transmission that ought to be acquainted to BMW followers. It’s an off-road automobile by means of and thru by providing a everlasting 4×4 system, a two-speed switch case, and a middle diff.
Prospects could make the Grenadier Quartermaster much more competent off the crushed path by paying further for the entrance and rear diffs. As for the engines, the gasoline unit has 282 hp and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) whereas the diesel packs 245 hp and 404 lb-ft (550 Nm). Persist with the B58 and the pickup truck will attain 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 8.8 seconds whereas the B57 wants 9.8 seconds. Not that it issues a terrific deal on such a specialty automobile, however the prime velocity is simply 99 mph (159 km/h).
As a refresher, the Ineos Grenadier SUV model is obtainable with the identical BMW engines. These aren’t the one two automobiles to at the moment use powertrains developed by the German luxurious model as the newest Vary Rover and Vary Rover Sport have bigger V8s from Munich. Ought to Land Rover ever determine to carry again the Defender with a mattress, there is perhaps one other BMW-powered truck at some point.
Shopping for a pickup straight from BMW is extremely unlikely because the firm’s design boss Adrian van Hooydonk informed us firstly of the 12 months a pickup truck is “not an apparent match for the model.” He added, “We don’t must go after each pattern that’s taking place.”
Supply: Ineos Automotive