The renderings you see here may—and we can’t stress the uncertainty of that enough—depict the production version of BMW’s upcoming Gran Coupé, Bavaria’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The Gran Coupé concept debuted at the 2010 Beijing auto show, where we learned that it is headed for production at some point. These images depict a car very similar to both the concept and the notion of a four-door 6-series, which just how BMW has pitched the vehicle. They’re also similar to the sort of renderings filed in Europe’s design patent system, a database that recently outed the next-gen Mercedes-Benz A-class ahead of schedule.
Is the market hungering for more four-door coupes, now that the CLS and Audi’s A7 occupy the space, along with other racy four-doors like the Jaguar XF and the Maserati Quattroporte? Maybe not, but we see nothing wrong with having more beautiful cars on the road. Even if the Gran Coupé only sells in small volumes, it’s a relatively inexpensive endeavor for BMW—it would use an existing platform and engines—and is yet another slinky means of attracting attention to the brand.
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