Japanese automotive magazines are known to have a penchant for eye-popping rumors – and the latest one is that BMW could work with Toyota to build its own version of the Land Cruiser.
BMW and Toyota teamed up to create the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 and, according to Japan’s MacX, as cited by hamad1two3 in a (since-deleted) Instagram post, the two are looking at extending their partnership into off-roaders.
It is claimed that Munich’s customers, especially those in Russia and the Middle East, are demanding an off-roader with similar capabilities to the Land Cruiser but with all the luxury features you’d expect from a BMW.
BMW’s largest current SUV is the X7 and, while it can be taken off road, it is nowhere near as rugged as Lexus’ Toyota Land Cruiser-based LX. If BMW were to be given a Land Cruiser platform, it could create an SUV with legitimate off-road credentials that would have seating for up to eight people and all the refinement and trimmings found in the X7 and smaller X models.
We have reached out to both automakers to see if there is any truth to these rumors and will let you know when we hear back. Mind you, we’re not convinced that such a model will actually happen, and would suggest you take these claims with a handful of salt.
However, it is not impossible that Toyota and BMW intend on extending their partnership following the success of the Supra and Z4. Doing so in the SUV market would make sense, given the popularity of such vehicles.