Yet to be confirmed by our own sources, apparently the recently unveiled BMW Gran Coupe will go into production in the second quarter of 2012 and will carry the 6 Series badge. The information comes from the UK magazine Autocar citing a BMW source.
The new concept from BMW is built on the ‘backbone’ platform that underpins the current 5-series, 7-series and 5 GT. Design wise, despite having an unique look, the BMW Gran Coupe takes some design cues from the now defunct CS Concept, the beautiful four door sporty car that was unveiled in 2008 at another Chinese motor show, Shanghai Auto Show, and canceled two years later when BMW decided to pursue their EfficientDynamics plans.
The Gran Coupe has been designed to combine the abilities of a GT and a sports car. The roof is 100mm lower than the 7 Series models, and its rear quarters slightly more restricted. The concept carries the essence of brand values and the genes of BMW design into the future and the expectations are that these styling cues will turn up all over BMW range in the next few years. The sleek Gran Coupe retain iconic elements like the kidney-grille, Hofmeister kink and a less pronounced shark nose. Frameless doors, short front overhang and low silhouette complete the image of a sports car.
As well as testing the water for a BMW-built rival for the Audi A7, the Gran Coupe is intended to distill and concentrate BMW’s design values. Many design cues will carry forward onto future BMW models.
Shortly after its unveiling, it was rumored that the production version of the Gran Coupe concept would revive BMW’s 8-Series label, but these latest reports attribute the 6 Series Sedan name to the Gran Coupe.
Autocar UK brings up an interesting point:
“Given the 8-Series went extinct in 1999, the decision to dust off the nameplate didn’t make a whole lot of sense for BMW – especially considering the cost of launching an all-new vehicle name. Moreover, the 6-Series is essentially a modern interpretation of the old 8-Series, making the business case for the revival of the 8-Series name that much harder.”
With production beginning in 2012, we expect the BMW Gran Coupe or 6 Series Sedan to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.