With Mercedes-Benz set to debut a premium pick-up truck in the future, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that its counterparts at BMW could be thinking of doing the same. Should that ever happen, this render by SRK Designs for IndianAutosBlog is a good start as to how the X-Class competitor will look like.

Based on the X5 SUV, the BMW pick-up truck rendered here features a double-cab body and the usual accessories like roof rails, a roll bar, and off-road tyres/wheels. To accommodate the flatbed at the back, the rear doors on the X5 are reshaped to be a little more angular, and no longer extend over the wheel section.

BMW’s experience with utilitarian vehicles spans two unique prototypes that include the 1986 M3 Pickup and 2011 M3 Pickup, the latter of which was marketed as an April Fools’ joke. Considering BMW’s ongoing partnership with Toyota (new Supra and Z5), the Hilux would certainly be a more sensible donor car.

However, Hendrik von Kuenheim, BMW Group senior vice president of Asia, Pacific and South Africa, had previously said the Bavarian carmaker has no intention of following in Mercedes’ footsteps into the pick-up segment. Mercedes-Benz’s X-Class is built in collaboration with Renault-Nissan Alliance, and is based on the Nissan NP300 Navara.