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Monday, August 23, 2010

BMW Grand Coupe Concept Car To Enter Production

BMW Grand Coupe concept car

After months of speculation ever since the BMW Grand Coupe concept car was unveiled at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, company’s development chief, Klaus Draege, confirmed that the car will soon enter production.

According to Autonews reports, the four-door coupe will hit the roads in 2012, soon after the debut of the new two-door 6-Series coupe and convertible next year. The Bavarian manufacturer will pitch its Grand Coupe against the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Audi A7 Sportback and the Porsche Panamera.

The production version of the car will be positioned close to the BMW 6-Series but will not steal the ’6-Series’ badging.  With the Grand Coupe, BMW aims to target the 7-Series customers who want to drive their car and don’t need a chauffeur.

The company does have a hybrid plan in mind but is yet to make the final decision for the hybrid variant of the Grand Coupe.

We are in position to bring out an additional hybrid version since we are using the same powertrain architecture as the 5, 6 or 7 series,” Draeger said.

Meanwhile, the BMW’s 6 series starts at 70,450 euros (about $93,560) in Germany. Hence expect the Grand Coupe to be priced slightly higher.

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