Rumor: BMW 6 Series Shooting Brake Concept to be unveiled in Paris

Featured Posts, Rumors | August 18th, 2010 by 42
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Rumor of the week comes from UK magazine AutoExpress and it revolves around the long-time rumored BMW Shooting Brake based on the new 6 Series …

Rumor of the week comes from UK magazine AutoExpress and it revolves around the long-time rumored BMW Shooting Brake based on the new 6 Series and Gran Coupe bodystyle. According to the magazine, BMW’s Research and Development chief Dr Klaus Draeger has let slip that the firm’s board is considering a Shooting Brake version of the next 6 Series.

Dr. Draeger mentions that the car has already been built in a concept form by BMW’s design boss Adrian Von Hooydonk. The 6 Series Shooting Brake Concept could be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.

To add even more spin to this speculation, the same magazines mentions that BMW could recycle its Gran Turismo name for the concept, and will use the event to gauge public reaction before deciding whether to give the car the production green light.

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Based on the Gran Coupé four-door displayed at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, the Shooting Brake forms part of the brand’s plans to widen the appeal of the next-generation 6-Series.

As always, we advise you to take this with a grain of salt, but at the same time, it is fair to acknowledge that trustworthy sources have mentioned this model in the past.

In 2009, the 6 Series-based Shooting Brake was scratched off BMW’s roadmap, mostly due to the challenging economic climate and the further investment into EfficientDynamics and Project i.

Based on our sources input, the BMW Gran Turismo Shooting Brake sits lower than the 5 Series Touring and has a more sloping roof towards the rear of the car. The rear quarter light is also smaller than the 5er Touring.

Shooting Brake is seen initially as the “second car”, a vehicle that will be used mostly on the weekends for the customer who works in the city and retires to his weekend residence.

The split tailgate entails a classic “Shooting Brake” style in which a picnic can be laid on the lower half of the tailgate or could be used as a temporary seat to watch the afternoons proceedings of an event.

With the new 6 Series being unveiled at the Paris auto Show, BMW might prepare another 6 Series variant as a surprise for its customers.

[Source: AutoExpress ]

42 responses to “Rumor: BMW 6 Series Shooting Brake Concept to be unveiled in Paris”

  1. 1mc says:

    I like the sound of it, I’ve always liked these sort of designs though – the Z4 Coupe one of my all time favourite BMW style icons. Looking forward to seeing the concept 6er.

  2. Bryce says:

    I’m glad BMW has responded so well to the public enthusiasm surrounding the Gran Coupe concept… the public loved it and now it’s the inspiration for the entire 6-series lineup. I only wish BMW would do the same with the Vision Concept.

  3. Doug says:

    oh fer cryin’ out loud! Is this really necessary??

  4. X5SoB says:

    Yes, it is necessary. BMW needs to branch out, the 6 series should serve nicely. It is an underutilized segment and would set precedent for a 4 series, 2 series, and 8 series.

    • Doug says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by “underutilized”. It’s a segment designed to be exclusive. It’s designed to be a defining statement of one of BMWs brand “dimensions”, to which the other models will allude. If you start confusing the brand’s defining points, you lose the point of having such a car in the lineup.

      Even disregarding brand issues, the car itself begins to lose its identity the more it is permuted. It ceases to be novel, or inspired, or a statement of any kind other than “BMWs luxury coupe”, equivalent to any other brand’s luxury coupe. For a brand like BMW, seen by many as special, that’s bad.

      It doesn’t even make business sense to create variations on a very low-volume car; it’s just too expensive. If you want to hit all possible customers, do it on high-volume car like the 3 or x3, which has less to lose in that regard as it is the “standard” BMW; it is what people go when they expect tradeoffs of price, functionality and BMW qualities.

      • bob says:

        Agreed. In BMW designer-speak, each BMW Series has to have its own *DNA*.

        Separately, The E86 is an example of BMW finding a way to fill low-volume niches. The E85 and E86 were not in ‘parallel development’ (partly because of the experience with the E36/8)…until Magna Int’l demonstrated to BMW that it could be developed cost-effectively.

      • X5SoB says:

        The reason for developing other variants is to increase total production, while maintaining “niche” production numbers. The fact is, BMW may not currently be using the 2, 4, and 8 designations, but it would make for poor business decision making for them not to use them. The even numbers have implied more unusual models, and the “luxury coupe” should be the 8 series, not the 6. The shooting brake will not dilute the brand.

        • bob says:

          “The fact is, BMW may not currently be using the 2, 4, and 8 designations, but it would make for poor business decision making for them not to use them.”

          Actually, the fact is, that your line of thinking is woefully out-of-date…by several years(!).

          Between 02 August 2000 & 10 September 2003, BMW AG filed the following applications with the USPTO for the following Marks, including but not limited to:

          “X7”
          “220”
          “218”
          “640”
          “630”
          “120”
          “118”
          “M4”
          “M2”
          “4 Series” (since *abandoned*)
          “Z2”
          “Z5”
          “122”
          “222”
          “230”
          “425”
          “430”
          “435”
          “660”

          If, IF, you’re correct above that this rendering of a 6er-based ‘Shooting Brake’ would, “…would set precedent for a 4 series, 2 series, and 8 series.” then, why hasn’t BMW used them?!

          Clearly, BMW considered those options a long, long time ago; and, for whatever reasons, decided that they’re weren’t in the company’s best interests. They’ve moved on. Consequently, you might be well-advised to update your thinking.

          • viper says:

            xcuse me but the X7 is a fantasy world even 5years ahead. No.
            4series could be in 2014
            660? you kidding me? whats that gonna be a 4.4 tri turbo? or a modified 4.4 twin turbo from x5m x6m……
            also,
            Im afraid that when the new X5 X6 arrives , the M badges will be long gone on those two.thats what they did to z4 already. 7 never had M badge although it could compete with amg s classes..alot of bad calls from bmw if you ask me.A LOT.

          • bob says:

            >>”xcuse me but the X7 is a fantasy world even 5years ahead. No”

            It surely wasn’t a fantasy, at the time of the TM application.

            Furthermore, we need to realize that BMW has to do things for competitive reasons. One of the complaints of the E53 was that it had no 3rd row. Presumably, BMW didn’t want to tip its hand that the E70 would get the 3rd row option.

            >>”4series could be in 2014″

            False. Once they decided to *abandon* it, it’s gone…

            >>”660? you kidding me? whats that gonna be a 4.4 tri turbo? or a modified 4.4 twin turbo from x5m x6m……”

            Are you joking?! If Mktg & Product Planning felt it was justified, it would seem to be a relatively simple matter to drop the 6.0L V12 into the E63-64 platform. The fact that they haven’t should be an indicator to people like X5SoB who, for some unknown reason, seem to think more 6er body variants are warranted. I’ve got news for them: If BMW isn’t going to offer a 660i, to any significant individual regional market let alone worldwide, why should anyone expect an addt’l 6er body variant?!

            >>”also, Im afraid that when the new X5 X6 arrives , the M badges will be long gone on those two.thats what they did to z4 already.”

            Meaningless comment as those are two entirely different situations.

            >>”7 never had M badge although it could compete with amg s classes”

            HELLO! There’s the Alpina 7.

            >>”..alot of bad calls from bmw if you ask me.A LOT.”

            Well, thankfully, no one asked… =8^)

        • bob says:

          “The shooting brake will not dilute the brand.”

          Evidence?

          The primary issue, IME, is whether it would *help* the Brand AND be *profitable*.

          • Doug says:

            Yeah, they’re hoping that the sacrifices will be outweighed by the benefits. It’s okay to dilute the brand (which is what they’re doing) as long as you increase market share. This is a contradiction for a brand that’s “special” and wants to continue being that.

    • bob says:

      BMW has already ruled out “4 Series”, and probably the 2 Series as well. Regarding the former, searching the USPTO’s website will show that BMW AG abandoned its Trademark application for “4 Series” some time ago.

      I’m not sure what you mean by “underutilized” either.

      • X5SoB says:

        BMW considers itself to be a “small” company, which, when you compare it to the other megaconglomerates, it is. It needs to increase it’s market share if it is to survive. Thus, the branching into other segments, the creation of the iSetta subbrand, and the expansion of electric and hybrid development. Proper utilization, as opposed to underutilization.

  5. efoza says:

    Very nice and sensible use of the 5 GT design lines again.

  6. bob says:

    Does it seem like the mere mention of “shooting brake” and euroweenies start touching themselves? Is that the (sub)niche BMW’s allegedly after, euroweenies?

    But, seriously, what would be the practical purpose(s) of this different body variant, that the F12-13 & Gran Coupe couldn’t be anticipated to address?

    “Widen the appeal of the next-generation 6 Series”, to whom, exactly? Work-in-the-city/weekend-in-the-country is what the E63-64 does now.

  7. plaxico says:

    i heard BMW is gonna make this car when Farve retires, Detroit wins SB and Rex Ryan shuts is mouth

    they re copying Merc every step of the way !

  8. Very nice car, the point made by efoza is excellent as they have used the 5 GT design lines perfectly. I expect this car to fly out of the showroom everywhere it is realised

  9. Better don’t… I smell fail.

  10. Vaybach Khan says:

    i like the idea of shooting brake but with z name on it not 6 series,the real shooting brake is z3 coupe…or maybe they call this car 6 gt and the 4door 6 a gran coupe or whatever…i like the fact that theres so much models on the market so much different variants….but if u start to count 1,3,5,6,7,x1,x3,x4,x5,x6,1git,3gt,5gt,6gt,z models,touring variants project i ,coupes….some of them will die for sure.

  11. 1Mc says:

    Z3 shooting brake was too trendy. A Z4 shooting brake would be too trendy too in my opinion to appeal to the 6er customer base.

  12. viper says:

    this car is proposed to fail.
    bmw will never ever have as many cars (good looking cars) as the daddy MB.
    no one wants 5gt nor this.
    but do want cars like new E class , new CLS , the SLS. thats HOT

    • wazon8 says:

      Troll! Is it normal for you to produce non-informative comments all the time?

    • Daniel Hoang says:

      Yes Viper, People want to buy a matress on wheels.
      The SLS looks super nice but Ill take a Nissan GT-R over it.
      Its not all about the looks, Its about the driving.

      • wazon8 says:

        If you hadn’t driven car yet, you would talk only about look. He is a child with some problems (how otherwise explain his fun in bashing some brand all the time), we should forgive him.

        • X5SoB says:

          No, we can’t forgive him. He’s an asshole.

          • plaxico says:

            ur nick -s o b- explains a lot

          • wazon8 says:

            Ok, you’re right.

          • wazon8 says:

            Trolls have never taken offence. What a shame, I would be great, if you felt offended.

          • Daniel Hoang says:

            And you viper, you know dont know anything about cars including Mercedes Benz. And also, I dont think we can consider as a Benz Fanboy. You are more of a ” Badge Bragger”. You bash on every brand making claims that Benz is better yet you never provide proficient evidence.

            Btw Viper, you cant really offend me with those comments. Im dont really care about BMW or any Prenium brand, I like any sporty and nice cars. For Example.
            I would rather take a 2011 Ford Mustang GT over the M3 and the C63 because for just a few thousands more, I would have plenty of preformance modifications such as pi cams, heads, and suspension where it would preform much better on track and straight line while still costing less than the others.

            So Viper and Plaxico can you make a legitament comparison like that?

  13. Frederick says:

    Is it just me or does that just look like an oversized 1 series sporthatch?

  14. bunker says:

    if it looks like the rendering, I am completely, 100% IN, and I will immediately begin cutting all superfluous expenses to save money for it.

    OH. MY. GOD. This is my perfect car…

  15. stephen says:

    kinda looks like a Scirocco from the back

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