This one might have been an elaborate April Fools hoax by BMW, but there’s method in the mirth; has there ever been a more desirable pick-up? Stick to the M3’s formula and slap ‘M3 Gran Ute’ badging on it and watch the orders roll in.
What’s the key ingredient to making Britain’s best-selling pick-up truck? Britain’s best-selling SUV of course. It’d sit below the Navara in Nissan’s lineup, so would spearhead a new class of compact pick-ups, with far cheaper running costs traded for a portion of the Navara’s practicality. The niche might not quite stretch to Juke-sized SUVs, mind.
It’s everyone’s favourite hypothetical pick-up that FCA – apparently – is edging ever closer to putting into genuine production – the Wrangler pick-up. Jeep really needs to get a move on with this one, and poke it under the nose of all frustrated Defender pick-up customers waiting for the new model. They can’t lose.
Urban florists and garden supply shops will flock to the e-Pick-Up! (as it will be badged) for its city-friendly zero-emission powertrain, dinky dimensions for urban parking and solidly-built load bay. VW may not be the first word in utilitarian transport nowadays, but if ever there were a new people’s car, this would be it.
The Paceman may be dead, and by axing it, Mini may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater, as the Paceman Adventure concept may never come to be. Who says it can’t be resuscitated, though? Fashionable landscape gardeners all over Surrey would fall over themselves for a Mini Workman (as it would be badged) to carry around many a potted palm.
Bentley Bentayga/Rolls-Royce Cullinan
What’s more lifestyle-oriented than the £160,000 Bentley Bentayga fitted with an £80,000 fly fishing set? A Bentley Bentayga pick-up. It’s probably not completely out of reach for Bentley’s coachbuilder, Mulliner to whip one up for a few hundred thousand, and it’s a safe bet that you’ll be the only oligarch in the car park with one. Rolls-Royce would have to get in on the act, too, with the Cullinan. What a thing that would be.