BMW’s development chief, Klaus Drager, has confirmed that the Gran Coupé concept, first shown at Auto China in Beijing in April, will go into production for release in 2012.
According to AutoWeek, the Gran Coupé, a tweener sedan that chases coupelike styling elements of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the new Audi A7, will slot in a range close to the 6 Series, which is priced in Germany at about $93,000. And a hybrid version is being considered. “We are in position to bring out an additional hybrid version, since we are using the same powertrain architecture as the 5, 6 or 7 series,” he said.
The concept shown in China measured about three inches longer than the CLS but three inches shorter than BMW’s flagship 7 Series. The Gran Coupé has a streamlined roofline that is nearly four inches lower than that of either the 5 or 7 Series, but the Gran Coupé maintains essential BMW features including the double-kidney grill and the “Hofmeister kink” of the rear roof pillars.
The new model will follow the overseas release of a revised two-door 6 Series coupe in the spring of 2011.