Is BMW Working On A BMW 9 Series?

Rumors | January 3rd, 2015 by 13
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When the new BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept was unveiled last year Beijing Auto Show, rumors around a future BMW 9 Series began to circulate …

When the new BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept was unveiled last year Beijing Auto Show, rumors around a future BMW 9 Series began to circulate on the interwebs. The super luxurious concept was already dubbed as the new flagship of the brand, but no decision was made at the time on whether it will enter production.

At the time, BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk said the Vision Future Luxury concept gives “a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the brand,” but is not a production-ready model.

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Almost a year has gone by and the latest rumors from Munich say that BMW is still mulling over the decision to launch a 9 Series family. The decision is expected to come this year and if approved, the new 9 Series will arrive sometimes in 2017.

The car will compete with the Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach, which was recently launched at the LA Auto Show.

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If built atop the VFL concep, the 9 Series will be BMW’s largest model with a length of about 5500mm (216 inches), about 280mm more than the long-wheelbase 7 series.

The Vision Future Luxury Concept does not have full B-pillars. Lightweight carbon-fiber bars serve as B-pillars, but below the belt line, the B-pillars morph into a carbon fiber seat frame that is integrated into the load-bearing structure. Rumors are that this design feature won’t be made available in the production car.

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The flagship sedan would feature laser headlights and OLED taillights, as well as the latest and greatest when it comes to interior design and quality of materials.

BMW could also retain the suicide doors seen on the concept as a luxury feature now available in the Rolls Royce family.

Our sources say that BMW’s next CEO, Harald Krueger, is a fan of a potential 9 Series, so the succession plan beginning on May 1, 2015, might delay the final decision until the new protector of the realm is in place.

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13 responses to “Is BMW Working On A BMW 9 Series?”

  1. viper says:

    nah….I doubt it , they always dismiss these great cars , however this is exactly how the new 7er should have looked like. It would be a killer in its klasse , no doubt , if I were a CEO I would make the exact one into series production this year and then bmw would be on the very top , untouchable.

  2. Rokie888 says:

    …since now we saw the new 7 in photos. A 9 series seems make more sense for BMW. Hope Mr. Krueger and the current CEO should make that decision ASAP. Instead of Waite until the day he move into the CEO office. Audi made their A9 concept after BMWs VFLC. Benz has better line up in this case. The Maybach and also the S65 AMG.
    Again they should of do a better job on the new 7 at the first place. Because does BMW really need another niche market??

  3. Ninong says:

    If they do make a 9-series, they will probably make it no longer than the short wheelbase RR Ghost Series II, which is 5399mm. There’s plenty of pricing room in that space between the current 760Li and the short wheelbase Ghost Series II, now that Rolls-Royce have jacked up the prices once again. A normally equipped Ghost Series II will sticker above $360,000. Lots of room in there for a BMW in the $190,000-$220,000 range.

  4. Levi says:

    Not that the new 7er is bad, but still after seeing what it will be, a 9er is much needed.

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