BMW Gran Coupe approved for production

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In the eve of BMW’s Design Night at the Welt in Munich, BMW has confirmed that the Gran Coupe Concept has been greenligted for production. According to our own sources and German magazine, Automobilwoche, the new car will be sold under BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe badge.

The overall design from the concept version will remain, including the frameless windows and B-pillar, and the Gran Coupe will be marketed as a four-door coupe, a direct competitor to the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7. BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will share some design cues with the new 6 Series family, and some front and rear-end visual details will be carried over to the new 6 Series Coupe.

The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be unveiled in the Summer of 2012 and will go on sale later that year. The car will join the 6 Series production line at the Dingolfling plant. Gran Coupe will be available with a choice of four engines, evenly split between diesels and gasoline powerplants. An ActiveHybrid model is also in works.

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An unconfirmed report mentions the possibility of a M Gran Coupe model, but in our opinion, it is still too soon to asses if an M model will fit in the line-up.

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[Source: Scott27, Motobullet, Automobilwoche ]