It appears that BMW is ready to take another step upmarket with a new concept flagship luxury sedan at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of April. The showcar is said to preview the company's rumored 9 Series, a sedan that would be positioned against top trims of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, like the rumored S600 Maybach.

According to Automotive News Europe, the concept sedan wears styling language adapted from the curvaceous BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe (pictured above) shown at the 2013 Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance in May. It rides on BMW's new, modular platform – codenamed G11 – for the company's largest cars, an architecture also expected to be shared with the next 7 Series and future Rolls-Royce vehicles. It's rumored to bring the weight of the 7 closer to the 5 Series, which would be several hundred pounds lighter when comparing the base models of both current vehicles. We spotted the next-gen 7 Series testing over a year ago, and both it and the 9 Series are expected to go on sale in 2016.

Unfortunately, at the moment there is no official information about the concept. "We don't have any official news yet on anything in Beijing," Julian Arguelles, BMW USA spokesperson, tells Autoblog. However, it's heartening to think that BMW might be adapting the gorgeous shape of the Gran Lusso for production.


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      Kuro Houou
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yeah another # series... I can't wait for the 11 series that thing is going to be awesome :)
        Austin Holloman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        I don't know about an even bigger sedan than this but you can bet good money on a 10 series coup (most likely what's pictured here)... At least I would, based on BMW's current mind set. Just imagine the SUV based on the new 9 series, escalade sized BMW.
        Spartanator
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        The All New 2015 1155i xDrive V12. You heard right, Eleven Fifty Five Aye.
      Joe K
      • 9 Months Ago
      AT first I thought it was a Buick
      CruzControl
      • 9 Months Ago
      BMW doesn't have the nuts to make a jaw dropping concept that actually reaches production. Leave that to Caddy and Mercedes-Benz.
        ffelix422
        • 9 Months Ago
        @CruzControl
        Mercedes new S65-AMG Coupe is forcing BMW's hand. This mock-up wasn't even commissioned by BMW and now their taking it on tour. Rumor has it the hook-up with Toyota will produce a new Z5 and hardcore 6-series. This new coupe could take the place of the current, (bloated) 6-Series.
      Kuro Houou
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wait shouldn't an odd number be a sedan?
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        when did people stop reading?!
        Card13
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        "a new concept flagship luxury sedan at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of April" The 9 Series will be a sedan, but there are no photos of the concept yet. The picture is the Gran Lusso concept which they expect it to take cues from.
        Rochester
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        My very first thought.
      landypd5
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sir, that is one ugly front end.
        ReticentIndignation
        • 9 Months Ago
        @landypd5
        Exactly what I wanted to say. It looks like it has down syndrome, so dopey looking...Who is making these terrible designs?
      JaredN
      • 9 Months Ago
      One of the better looking concepts out of BMW recently, though I do wish they would take a hammer to the hand of the next designer who designs a car with fender vents. Enough with the fender vents already.
        ppellico
        • 9 Months Ago
        @JaredN
        so why does the Lincoln look get bashed for looking like the whale...but then this look gets a pass?
      Jimmy
      • 9 Months Ago
      If there will be a 9 series, what will the 8 series be?
        KC
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jimmy
        Most likely a Coupe based on the 7 series.
      jonnybimmer
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why is this not an 8 Series? With BMW shifting all of the names around so that 2 doors are even numbers and 4 doors are odd numbers (with exception to the four door coupes), shouldn't this be an even number? Or is BMW now going to introduce the "World's First Two Door Sedan" just to give a big ole birdie to anyone trying to make any sense of all this.
        Lachmund
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        noone is talking about that concept. the 9 series will be a limo/sedan
      kajohns1964
      • 9 Months Ago
      Me want!
      Where's the cheese?
      • 9 Months Ago
      By calling it a 9 series and having only 2 doors, doesn't **** up the whole odd numbers mean 4 doors and even numbers mean 2? If they do name this a 9, it makes renaming the 3 series coupe a 4 seems stupid.
        ffelix422
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Where's the cheese?
        Call it the 10-Series and use the Greek letter 10.
      Dave
      • 9 Months Ago
      The look, especially of the taillights, is superb for BMW, but what else would you expect from a Pininfarina design? Not sure about the 9 designation, but BMW is being quite stupid in its' new confusing approach across the board in their naming strategy for their cars. I say build it as is and call it something else.
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