Rumor: BMW 9-Series Concept to bow at the Auto China 2014

Article by Christian A., on April 3, 2014

It has been reported by German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that BMW will unveil a new 9-Series Concept this month at the 2014 Auto China. After announcing the X7 seven-seat crossover, BMW seems to take things even higher as the new concept that previews a potential 9-Series will be a large and luxurious sedan, developed especially for Chinese customers that want a chauffeur.

According to the German magazine, the 9-Series Concept will use a new modular platform based on the one used by the 7-Series flagship sedan. What’s more interesting is that the new platform will also be used by the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, which will arrive in 2016.

Moreover, the 9-Series Concept will showcase a new interior design and tech features that will be found on the upcoming BMW models. For most of us, the announcement of a new 9-Series Concept is not actually a surprise because we have seen the BMW Gran Lusso Coupe Concept back in 2013.

That new concept car was developed together with Pininfarina, the well-known Italian design house, and marked the start of a partnership between the two companies. The impressive Gran Lusso Coupe Concept was powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivered 537 bhp, same engine found on the BMW 760i.

Besides the incredible design, the Gran Lusso Coupe also featured high-quality materials such as black and tobacco brown leather upholstery from Italian company Foglizzo, as well as trims sourced from kauri wood and black chrome. The all-new BMW 9-Series Concept will debut on April 20, so stay tuned as more details will be revealed soon!

The design teams at BMW and Pininfarina particularly believe in the creation of the perfect dimensions and shapes. The vehicle's contours express the intricate language of the shapes from BMW, at the same time, shows a sculpting has a precision that is trademark Pininfarina. Inside an impressively presented profile, arched sides that taper contribute to a vibrant sophistication and provide the body with a tight, defined form.

Simultaneously, the subdued, sharp surfaces elongate the automobile and emphasise its individuality with a modern flair. The raised shoulder lines extend almost straight along the side of the entire car, infusing the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé with poise and charisma. Over it, the lengthy roof lines flow gracefully to the back to emphasise the shortened tail.

Beneath the shoulder line, an attractive counter-sweep to the roof lines arises from the Air Breather in the back of the front wheel. Rising to the back, it provides the back portion of the automobile with a graceful and vibrant look. All the surfaces have keen sensitivity designed into them: as they outline their progression, they grow stronger or fainter and, acting on the altering playing of light and shade, show the encircling surfaces of to their best.

Many details emphasise the side view’s elegance. The matte-sheen decoration in the back of the front wheel gives it a tasteful accent as it blends in with the side indicators. Another hallmark BMW touch is the Hofmeister kink - the striking bend forward in the window’s graphic that perfectly integrates the surrounding play of shapes. In the back of it, the V12 emblem designates the strong engine inside the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé.

Pininfarina letters embossed in the side’s panel indicates to the definite role the Italian design company play in the creation of this automobile, with the Pininfarina logo over it announcing that Pininfarina was part of the building of the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé.

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