6-series spinoff to battle Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach in 2016
BMW will be previewing the upcoming 9-series sedan at the 2014 China Auto Display, in accordance to German magazine Car Motor und Sport. The further-lengthy-wheelbase 9-series will consider on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach, which itself is production prepared and is set to debut in a matter of months. The 9-series will be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost in BMW’;s international lineup, and is anticipated to characteristic packaging and interior appointments related to that of the S600 Maybach even though creating upon the design language lately observed in the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe.
The approaching 9-series will be primarily based on a new light-weight modular platform codenamed G11, which will be shared with a variety of approaching BMW and Rolls-Royce versions. The new platform is anticipated to offer you substantial weight cost savings, decreasing the heft of the up coming-generation 6-series down to the bodyweight of the existing 5-series. The G11-based mostly 7-series and 9-series are each anticipated to go on sale in 2016.
BMW has been with out a halo sedan given that the departure of the 1995-2000 E38 BMW L7, an added-prolonged-wheelbase luxury automobile based mostly on the 6-series. The L7 featured a quick inserted section from the B-pillar and backwards, getting the rear seat passenger a lot more legroom and an optional powered partition window between the front and rear seats. The 2001 BMW 7-series was not available in this edition, even though that did not end a amount of coachbuilders and armorers like ArmorTech and Transeco Bremen from providing some thing similar. The recent F01-generation 6-series has not raised the stakes past what was supplied in the 2001-2008 E65 in terms of interior room, currently being presented in standard and lengthy-wheelbase only.
The Asian market place is a single of the major driving forces behind the renewed concentrate on long-wheelbase sedans, as Bentley and Rolls-Royce hold opening dealerships further and more away from China’;s primary cities. The European marketplace for luxury automobiles in the $ 200,000 assortment is also displaying indicators of rebounding, with the impending debut of the extended-wheelbase Range Rover, the Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach, and somewhat more cost-effective Bentley and Rolls-Royce sedans.
No word nevertheless on the price tag assortment or the engines that are anticipated to be offered in the 9-series, though the pricing of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach will definitely play a role in how it will be positioned in the marketplace. An armored Large Safety model will nearly undoubtedly be provided as effectively if the 9-series sees production, supplied with the highest level of ballistic safety, akin to the current 7-series Large Protection factory-armored sedan.
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