There are several regions where a a pick-up truck is the obvious choice when purchasing a vehicle, for various reasons, for example a lack of paved roads and the need to haul materials.
Yet a BMW vehicle might also be quite appealing to the residents of those areas. And since BMW isn’t currently building any pickup trucks, this leaves some potential customers torn.
But the solution came from an Australian BMW dealership in Queensland. They took a E53 BMW X5 and after some elbow grease, a BMW pickup truck was born. Named the Ute, the dealership used the rear window panel from a Toyota to build the Ute and in place of the rear doors, it now has a flatbed and chrome bars.
Under the hood, the BMW Ute sports a 3.5 liter diesel engine. The version of the E53 they used is the one before the facelift, and the result is quite nice, if you are into pickup trucks and Bimmers. And I guess Australians are.