BMW’s next-generation 6-series has been caught undergoing winter testing in the Arctic.
The new model is expected to be launched at the Geneva motor show next year as a replacement for the 5-series-based coupe/convertible, which has been on sale since 2003.
The styling may appear similar to that of the current-generation 6-series, but all of its panels will be new. BMW has gone against the trend of retractable hard-top roofs by keeping the fabric top seen on the current model. This improves its centre of gravity and also helps keep weight to a minimum.
The next BMW 6-series will share its platform with the BMW 5-series and 5-series GT, which is itself a shortened version of the chassis used on the current 7-series.
The sophisticated double-wishbone, coil-sprung front suspension system from the new 5 and 7-series should make it onto the 6-series, while the rear suspension will be an independent multi-link system.
The new BMW 6-series’ engines will be drawn from the 5-series range; they will be mildly revised versions of today’s six-cylinder petrols and diesels, and V8 petrols. The big-selling powerplants will be the 3.0-litre petrol (630i) and twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (635d).