Latest spy shots reveal BMW's new Mercedes CLS rival in all its glory
It's been a long time coming, but finally BMW has a rival for the Mercedes CLS – and the Audi A7 too. This is the new Gran Coupe, the firm's four-door version of the 6 Series.
In profile, all the BMW hallmarks are present and correct – there are short overhangs front and rear, a long wheelbase and a coupe-like roofline which is a full 10cm lower than a 7 Series. The C-pillar features the latest interpretation of the Hofmeister kink, which will be outlined in chrome on the finished car.
At the rear, there are L-shaped LED lights, tailpipes on either side and a concave bootlid. One change over the concept is that the third brake has been moved from the top of the rear windscreen (as on a Bentley Continental GT) to the top of the bootlid.
Inside, expect BMW to offer a spacious rear seat layout with just two seats, allowing occupants to stretch out in more comfort. Just like the 6 Series two-door coupe and convertible, the Gran Coupe will get the same range of engines too, including BMW’s latest direct injection 3.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines, as well as a flagship V8 petrol.
The Gran Coupe is set to star at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with sales starting in early 2012. Prices will kick off at around £45,000.
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