Beijing Auto Show: BMW Gran Coupé Concept

BMW introduced a new ‘tweener sedan concept at this week’s auto show in Beijing, a design study that hints at how far the brand thinks it can push its styling without giving up its signature elements. Called the Gran Coupé, it would slot into BMW’s lineup between the 5 Series and 7 Series.

The sleek Gran Coupé retains iconic touches like the double-kidney grille, shark nose, the Hofmeister kink at the rear windows and the sporty coupelike silhouette — but rounds off, cleans up and pushes them to almost exaggerated levels.
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The new BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid

The new concept car offers a particularly good rendition of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan in all its dynamic, efficient and innovative qualities, at the same time representing the ongoing development of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 with their drivetrain technology already in production.

The drive system featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid consists of a straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drive. Integration of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a sedan already extremely efficient with its “conventional” combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and emissions once again by more than 10 per cent. At the same time the electric motor offers a boost function, supporting the gasoline engine in generating particularly dynamic drive power for an even more sporting driving experience in the car. Continue reading The new BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid