It might be a precursor to a four-door version of the next-generation 6 Series or a longer, sleeker derivative of the Five… Either way, the Concept Gran Coupé suggests BMW is finally readying a direct competitor to the sleek Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.
Unveiled at the Beijing show this week, the Concept Gran Coupé is meant as an ideological follow-up to the Concept CS (circa 2007) and the design study may set the tone for the future so-called “four-door coupés” in the Munich-based manufacturer’s product plans.
The arrestingly styled and purposely low-slung concept made its appearance alongside a long-wheelbase version of the Five, and both models seem tailor-made for China, where large luxury saloons are arguably in greater demand that established European markets. BMW didn’t reveal much detail about the Gran Coupé, but many regard the sleek saloon more of a pre-production prototype than a once-off concept.
The newcomer’s sportier profile comes courtesy of roofline that is about 10 cm lower than that of the new Five or 7 Series. At the front, the contour of car’s raised bonnet accentuate the wide double kidney grille and the bold rhombus-shaped headlights are complemented by elaborate air intakes with LED and black mesh detailing, as well as side gills on the extreme ends of the front bumper.
At the back, the nearly five-meter long car has more conservative styling, with a slim, wraparound tail light clusters, tapered corners on the rear bumper and integrated quad exhaust tips.
There’s been no word on the powertrains that will be offered on the production version, but most of the 5 Series engines could make the line-up. But just what will BMW call the final product? Time will tell.
Expect the Concept Gran Coupé to make its continental début at the Paris Show in October.