These are the latest spy pictures of BMW’s 6-series coupe, which is set to be launched next year.
The current 6-series has been on-sale since 2003 and is based on the previous-generation 5-series’ underpinnings; the new car’s platform will be instead based on the recently-launched BMW 5-series’. Engines will be shared with the current 7-series range, although it will not take the 760Li’s V12 unit.
Unlike the current 6-series range, however, the next-generation 6-series isn’t expected to have a range-topping M6 variant. This is because the 6-series has evolved into a luxurious grand tourer rather than a sports coupe, typified by the fast yet frugal 635d launched in 2007.
The next 6-series range is instead set to be topped by an ‘is’ model, a badge recently introduced on the Z4 and 3-series models.
BMW has so far priced ‘is’ models, which are designed to sit between the standard range and M models, close to its M cars.
This has been done with a view to increasing the price of its M cars to make them more exclusive and profitable. The ‘is’ badge is expected to be rolled out across BMW’s range.