How about a proper BMW Van?

Others | December 2nd, 2014 by 9
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BMW is one of the few left German automakers who doesn’t have a proper van in their lineup. Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, DKW/Auto-Union/Audi, all made some sort …

BMW is one of the few left German automakers who doesn’t have a proper van in their lineup. Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, DKW/Auto-Union/Audi, all made some sort of van, but the closest BMW has ever gotten to a van is with the new 2 Series Active Tourer.

BMW has resisted the temptation to adventure into yet another segment and to potentially damage its brand image. But the questions remains: is there a demand from BMW customers for a proper sized van?

The market size around the world for full-size vans and minivans is compelling enough for any automakers to jump into a new source of revenue. Using an existing platform to “grow” a van on top of it is the most obvious choice. For example, imagine a BMW X5 or the upcoming X7 sharing its fairly long wheelbase with a taller, boxy vehicle that could further expand the interior space and luxury inside the cabin.

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Or, an even more feasible solution would be the front-wheel drive layout seen in the 2 Series Active Tourer and especially its long wheelbase version with seven seats that comes out next year. The clever packaging for the surfaces and panels could be made possible by the front-wheel drive platform which means no driveshaft eating up room in the center of the car.

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The folks over at Jalopnik went even further by putting together a few sketches of what a BMW van would look like, and as a bonus, they even found a “BMW-branded van” somewhere in South Carolina. You know, not that far from BMW’s factory there….

What do you think: should have BMW built a van?

9 responses to “How about a proper BMW Van?”

  1. Tinky-Winky says:

    We used to have a vw sharan and a BMW 5-series in the family and I sometimes even tried to imagine what a RWD full size BMW MPV would look like. But as BMW has chosen FWD platform for its MPV-s this will probably never become true. What I think is that instead of BMW Mini should be the one to build MPV-s and vans. It would be more natural.

  2. Tinky-Winky says:

    We used to have a vw sharan and a BMW 5-series in the family and I sometimes even tried to imagine what a RWD full size BMW MPV would look like. But as BMW has chosen FWD platform for its MPV-s this will probably never become true. What I think is that instead of BMW Mini should be the one to build MPV-s and vans. It would be more natural.

  3. Alex says:

    BMW does not need a proper VAN, but a possibility – perhaps in the coming Family Tourer? – to put 3 child seats on the back seat.

  4. Alex says:

    BMW does not need a proper VAN, but a possibility – perhaps in the coming Family Tourer? – to put 3 child seats on the back seat.

  5. Mateo says:

    it doesn’t matter any more, BMW has been away from it’s image (Ultimate driving machine) sine late 99`, products like M3 CSL and S85 V10 kept image going but now with FWD cars, MPV cars, turbocharged M models, it doesn’t matter. it’s all about money

  6. Levi says:

    Absolutely. I’d buy one in a heartbeat. Have you seen how awesome the Mercedes V Class and Volkswagen Multivan are? Real VIP machines.

  7. Termsub Sakrue says:

    May be like this

  8. Firey Eastwood says:

    I found a Suzuki Carry badged as a BMW.

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