BMW unveiled its Concept Gran Coupe at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, China. It is an elegant 4-door vehicle that previews the company’s future Mercedes-Benz CLS competitor. The concept was intended to highlight BMW’s unique design and philosophy by creating a combination Gran Turismo and sports car, according to the TopSpeed.com
According to the press release from the automaker announcing the car the BMW Concept Gran Coupe “presents the vision of a four-door with the exclusivity of a Gran Turismo and the fascination of a high-performance sports car.” The concept is also supposed to show BMW’s adherence to its core values, listed as “dynamic performance and high-quality elegance,” as its design pushes ever forward.
BMW’s head designer Adrian von Hooydonk said the Gran Coupe is the logical successor to the four-door CS Concept unveiled in Shanghai three years ago. “Cars for this market should have four doors,” he said. “If it has four seats, it should have four doors, as the Chinese put a lot of emphasis on family and friends.”
“This is not a concept only for China – this is an international concept,” von Hooydonk added. “It will be a driver’s car, despite having rear seats. It is more athletic than the 7 and 5 Series. The driving dynamic will be different.”
At 1.4-meters high, the car is 10-cm shorter in height than the 5er and 7er sedan. The BMW Gran Coupe is also almost four inches shorter than the new 5 Series. Von Hooydonk said that the wheelbase is not from a 7 Series, but wouldn’t give any more detail other than that the Gran Coupe has a long wheelbase, but is wider, lower, more fluid, and has a lower roofline.
Current rumors suggest that the car is already approved for production and will be marketed as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, a car which BMW does not directly compete against at this time.
The car’s “vaulted bonnet” blends well with the wide kidney-shaped grille. The rounded rhombus-shaped headlights sit well above the bumper and create a sporty styling element. This is accentuated by the split bumper with large air intakes with black mesh grille.
In back, BMW Grand Coupe has more conservative styling, with a somewhat short and squared bumper. The car has a wide LED third brake light mounted above the glass, which matches the LED rear light clusters. Quad tailpipes are set into the bumper as well.
No word yet on whether the BMW Concept Gran Coupe will see production in revised form – von Hooydonk demurred on all questions regarding its production future. So, wait until the BMW Concept Gran Coupe will make its European debut in Paris this October. [via TopSpeed and MotorTrend]