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Now that BMW is pushing into the larger SUV market with the upcoming three row X7 SUV, I have to ask a question: America's top selling vehicles are not sedans or SUVs. They are pickup trucks. So would it make sense for BMW to take its X7, beef it up a bit, and make a pickup truck? Toyota has one. All three US automakers have them (multiple models). (Doesn't Nissan have one?) Maybe BMW should offer one. Give it all the tech options, give it a turbo V-8 or a supercharged V-8 or turbo-diesel, an automated rear gate, different floor options, and make the cabin super luxurious. I bet it would sell...
 

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Pickups are generally bought to be beat on.

How many people would buy a new BMW to subject it to the normal abuse a pickup experiences? I don't think enough for BMW to invest in that amount of R/D. Besides - they'd be SO far behind.
 

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A BMW Kountry Kadillac, on Monster Mudder Gumbo-grips and jacked 24". If ya take the muffler off, it sounds just like my tractor.

I use a 4'x8' utility trailer to haul the garbage. I have the $300 boot cover thingie for when I put the bikes inside, but usually they're on a Draftmaster bike rack. No dogs ever. I vacuum weekly, wash weekly, garaged.
 

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LOL. The EXT was dropped in 2013 after < 2,000 were sold and I didn't even notice. Among the ten worst selling autos.
 

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Pickups are generally bought to be beat on.

How many people would buy a new BMW to subject it to the normal abuse a pickup experiences? I don't think enough for BMW to invest in that amount of R/D. Besides - they'd be SO far behind.
I live in the middle of farm country and not everyone who owns a pickup truck "beats" on them. Around here, most people take better care of their pickup trucks then they do their cars.
 

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I live in the middle of farm country and not everyone who owns a pickup truck "beats" on them. Around here, most people take better care of their pickup trucks then they do their cars.
I think you misinterpreted what I wrote.

"beat on" doesn't mean "mistreat". I grew up on a farm, around farmers. Pickups are subject to rough terrain, heavy payloads, serious engine stress etc.

You really think someone is going to drop a thousand pounds of loose gravel in the back of a BMW pickup?
 

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In my opinion luxury and pickups are like blood and water. They just don't mix well.

Lexus, Infiniti, etc. don't have them.

BMW needs to stick to coupes, sudans, and SUV's.
 

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Hopefully BMW will stick to cars and SUVs. Mercedes is coming out with a pickup, but I believe it's just a Nissan re-badged as a Mercedes. Not sure how well it will sell.
 

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Pickups require a full frame, something BMW does not produce anymore. The Cadillac and Lincoln models were just the basic corporate truck with "luxury" interiors. You can get close to them now in a 1500 or F150. Mercedes still has the unimaginable which is full frame and could easily be adapted to a pickup version. I think they still do a military cargo version.
 
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