The BMW 9 Series Coupe is at the forefront of BMW news once again. Last month, Automobile Mag said the 9 Series Coupe will be positioned between the 7 Series and the Rolls-Royce Ghost, and will arrive before 2020. Now CarMagazine UK comes with a similar report saying that BMW CEO Harald Krüger, his R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich and design chief Adrian van Hooydonk met before Christmas, to review key future models at a ‘LUP’ meeting, shorthand for long-term corporate planning, where the 9 Series was approved.
Even though a typical BMW coupe would wear an even numbered badge, the iconic 8 Series is said to remain on the shelves and the 10 Series trademark is not owned by BMW – unconfirmed rumor – so hence the 9 Series choice.
Other sources say the 9 Series will in fact be a four-door luxury sedan with a coupe-like rear-design, a response to the beautiful Mercedes-Maybach. The Vision Future Luxury Concept will influence the design of the 9 Series, but likely won’t follow the exact steps. Technology and design are moving at a rapid pace, so the final packaging and styling will try to stay ahead of the curve.
The new luxury limousine is BMW’s response to customers demanding a more exclusive and individual BMW, but not ready to jump into a Rolls-Royce.
Whether BMW is ready to show us the new car remains to be seen this year when the entire BMW Groups is preparing to unveil four different concepts, spread across the BMW brand, MINI, Rolls Royce and Motorrad.