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BMW let the public catch a glimpse of their 6 Series Concept, a car that’s been widely previewed online in advance of its debut. Although it’s been labeled a “design study”, you can be sure that 95% of what’s shown here will make it to the showrooms.
Technical details are scarce, but BMW touts full LED headlights and an all-new iDrive system as big innovations. Expect turbocharged 6 and 8 cylinder engines, as well as BMW’s EfficientDynamics mild hybrid system to appear in Bavaria’s flagship coupe.
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Gallery: BMW 6 Series Concept
BMW‘s 6-Series Coupe “Concept”, is about as much of a concept as the earth is flat. BMW has released a couple videos in addition to the photos previously leaked, with one showing the car’s exterior and the other detailing the slightly more interesting interior improvements.
Just like the current 6-Series set the trend for BMW’s styling, the next generation should do the same, incorporating elements of the 5-Series GT and 7-Series. Inside, a new dashboard with a bisected center console are the most significant improvements, as is the new Bang & Olufsen stereo.
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Let’s cut through the marketing fluff; the BMW 6-Series Concept is a concept car in name only. If this car doesn’t accurately preview BMW’s next large coupe, we will eat our collective hats.
Taking strong cues from the BMW Gran Coupe concept, the next 6 looks like an evolution of current BMW design themes, including the weird looking front ends designed to comply with European pedestrian safety standards. The interior looks like a warmer, more inviting place, with organic shapes and wood replacing the hard lines and aluminum trim of the current BMWs.
Expect the brand’s turbocharged six and eight cylinder engines to give the car some oomph, with a range topping 550 horsepower M V8 in the new M6. The production car will be in dealers in the 2012 calender year.
Check out AutoGuide’s coverage of the BMW 6-Series Concept at the Paris Auto Show