New 9-Series to be New Flagship for BMW

The BMW 7-Series, with the full range in stock at Braman BMW, is the current flagship of the BMW line – but perhaps not for long.   According to Germany’s top auto magazine, Auto Motor und Sport, BMW will present a new concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show on April 20 that previews a potential ultra-luxury 9-Series.

New 9-Series BMWThe use of an odd number for the name suggests that the 9-Series concept will be a large and luxurious sedan, likely aimed at China’s chauffeur-driven set – but also the U-drive U.S. market. The 9-Series will reportedly ride on a lightweight modular platform that will underpin most of BMW’s models going forward.  It is also likely to showcase BMW’s new interior design and tech features.

A preview of what the new BMW flagship is on display with the Gran Lusso Coupe concept in 2013. Developed together with Pininfarina, the Gran Lusso Coupe marked the start of a partnership between BMW and the Italian styling house as well as hinting at the new look future BMWs may take.

Power will likely be derived from an existing BMW eight- or twelve-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission.  According to Auto, Motor und Sport, the 9-Series could find itself for sale – and in the Braman BMW Jupiter showroom — by as early as 2016.

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