BMW has abandoned its traditional launch approach with the third-generation 6-series by introducing the soft-top version of the new two-door before the successor to the fixed-head coupé.
Pictured here at its public premiere at today's Detroit motor show, the upmarket convertible is planned to go on sale in the UK in March, six months before the new 6-series coupé is set to reach local BMW showrooms.
The new convertible is a clear evolution of the outgoing model. It carries fresh new styling first revealed on the four-door BMW GranCoupé back in April, plus increased exterior dimensions and a roomier four-seat interior.
It also gets an advanced new multi-layer cloth hood, developed in partnership with German-based roofing specialist Edscha.
The fully automatic structure, which retains the characteristic buttresses that extend back over the bootlid, is claimed to open in just 19sec and close in 24sec.