BMW 9 series: Ultra sedan concept to be previewed at Beijing

by Bernie McGroarty on April 11, 2014, 11:27 pm
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-Gran Lusso Coupe based 9 Series render

For those who look at the 7 Series and feel, it's just not enough, I need bigger and more luxurious, BMW may have just the car for you. BMW will be previewing its next big thing, the 9 Series sedan in concept form, at the Beijing Auto Show later this month.

The 9 Series is sounds like it will be BMW's venture into the super-premium, ultra luxury sedan market. Is that too many adjectives? Which seems odd, since they already have Rolls-Royce for that. I've also read in an article by Autonews, that 'it will be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost in BMW's global lineup.'

The 9 Series will be based son a new lightweight platform. This new platform will be dubbed G11 and it will be shared with future BMW models, such as the new 7 Series, as well as Rolls-Royce models. The new 9er will feature an extra long wheelbase like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Maybach that it will take on. To keep the 9 Series easy on the eyes, design elements will be borrowed from BMW's Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe. It sounds like it will be impressive.

We will have to wait until the end of the month to see what the concept looks like though. Until then, the quick render above is a stretched and sedan'd Gran Lusso Coupe. Maybe it will look something like that. The new 9 Series, along with the next generation 7 Series are expected to go on sale in 2016.

Source Autonews


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14 responses to BMW 9 series: Ultra sedan concept to be previewed at Beijing

E30 hobby car commented:
April 14, 2014, 12:26 pm

something about this just isn't right...
Ryan... commented:
April 14, 2014, 1:47 pm

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something about this just isn't right...
Like the fact that it looks about 4ft too long?
STS42 commented:
April 14, 2014, 2:11 pm

Why not, you can drive your G11 to the airport and get on your G650:-)
E30 hobby car commented:
April 14, 2014, 2:14 pm

ya. it looks way to long. and somewhat similar to the GT, which i think is ugly...
cukoodukoo commented:
April 14, 2014, 2:22 pm

This thing is seriously long,like its turned on.
STS42 commented:
April 14, 2014, 2:24 pm

If you can afford a 9 then you'll be driving to this G650
http://images.gizmag.com/hero/9000_18030820909.jpg
Fish23 commented:
April 14, 2014, 4:06 pm

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ya. it looks way to long. and somewhat similar to the GT, which i think is ugly...

Post your thoughts in the F07 forum and see the reaction. You (and countless others) clearly don't understand the design intent of the GT(and likely have never driven in one) .


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Ryan... commented:
April 16, 2014, 1:37 am

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Post your thoughts in the F07 forum and see the reaction. You (and countless others) clearly don't understand the design intent of the GT(and likely have never driven in one) .


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Understanding the design and intent wont change the fact that they're hideous to the majority of the general population.

I love pretty much any wagon BMW has ever created, but the GT looks....well...
Fish23 commented:
April 16, 2014, 8:02 pm

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Understanding the design and intent wont change the fact that they're hideous to the majority of the general population.

I love pretty much any wagon BMW has ever created, but the GT looks....well...

Interesting because I don't much care for station wagons from any manufacturer (BMWs included) . There are cars on the market that I feel are ugly but I don't say so on any forum or in the comment section of an online story. I wouldn't use the word 'hideous' on any of them. They are just different. It is just the way I am. Anyone driving a vehicle that suits their needs is finding utility in it.

The hypocrisy of opinions on cars looks can be seen online at Car and Driver which listed the GT as the ugliest car in a list of 5 Top Ten and then shortly thereafter had an article that positively praised the new 3 series GT, which is essentially a slightly-shrunken version of the 5 GT. I learned a long time ago that normally "you can't have it both ways".

A look at the posts in the F07 (the 5 GT will show you that those who have them (and that includes me) love them for their ride, their roominess, the level of creature comforts and their versatility. Also, go and search DinanGT's threads and see pictures of what he did customizing his 550 GT. That is not an ugly vehicle but then again I don't think any of them are.




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sixpot_simon commented:
April 17, 2014, 8:26 pm

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The hypocrisy of opinions on cars looks can be seen online at Car and Driver which listed the GT as the ugliest car in a list of 5 Top Ten and then shortly thereafter had an article that positively praised the new 3 series GT, which is essentially a slightly-shrunken version of the 5 GT. I learned a long time ago that normally "you can't have it both ways".
Actually, Car and Driver explained the difference.
The 5 GT:
- "we have never warmed to the 5-series Gran Turismo, a brainchild of customer research and probably one of the strangest-looking cars on the road today"
- " this swollen five-door"

The 3 GT:
- "BMW's styling department has done its best to mask the blown-up proportions with attributes such as larger headlights, a larger grille, a more softly contoured front hood, and an electrically raised rear spoiler. And thanks to all of that, it is far easier on the eye than is the 5-series GT."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc, so I won't weigh in on what I think of either GT's styling. But I just thought it was worth pointing out that they did explain the difference.
Fish23 commented:
April 18, 2014, 2:50 pm

Please delete
Fish23 commented:
April 18, 2014, 3:07 pm

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Originally Posted by sixpot_simon View Post
Actually, Car and Driver explained the difference.

The 5 GT:

- "we have never warmed to the 5-series Gran Turismo, a brainchild of customer research and probably one of the strangest-looking cars on the road today"

- " this swollen five-door"



The 3 GT:

- "BMW's styling department has done its best to mask the blown-up proportions with attributes such as larger headlights, a larger grille, a more softly contoured front hood, and an electrically raised rear spoiler. And thanks to all of that, it is far easier on the eye than is the 5-series GT."



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc, so I won't weigh in on what I think of either GT's styling. But I just thought it was worth pointing out that they did explain the difference.

Then C&D ahould also have acknowledged the 2014 LCI that the 5 GT has received that was meant to address the 'criticism'. Given that I have to look carefully at any GT to see the difference between 3 series and the 5 series. A little research would have revealed that the spoiler is meant for high speed operation for handling and fuel efficency reasons versus aesthetics. In the climate that I live in, there will be times when it will be so iced in it wouldn't deploy anyway.

I just found the nature of negative comments and level of C&D's journalism left something to be desired but then again the GT was meant to appeal to a certain niche of drivers. Based on a Nov 2012 interview in Bimmer magazine with the head of Product Development of BMWNA the GT concept is here to stay so if the 'critics' don't like it, tough. As I indicated earlier, there as a good number of loyal GTers in the F07 forum who thoroughly enjoy their GTs


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sixpot_simon commented:
April 18, 2014, 6:17 pm

Ummm, ok.

It's a bit strange that you're proud to own a "niche" vehicle, yet seem quite sensitive about what the unwashed masses think of its looks. Perhaps best cancel your deposit on a G11 then...
Fish23 commented:
April 18, 2014, 7:57 pm

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Ummm, ok.

It's a bit strange that you're proud to own a "niche" vehicle, yet seem quite sensitive about what the unwashed masses think of its looks. Perhaps best cancel your deposit on a G11 then...
Your words not mine but I don't find it strange as I don't criticize the 'masses' about what they drive, on this site, any other automotive one or in the comment section of any automotive story.

I have lots of opinions about various cars but keep them to myself. I don't indulge in denigrating anyone's vehicle, especially BMWs, for any reason. There is room for everyone's choices of vehicle, be it for basic transportation or the sheer thrill of driving pleasure, Call it a 'glass half full' approach to being a member of BF. I took the OP as informing the rest of us of a new addition to the model lineup. Nothing more.

No deposit made on a G11.....not required....my GT (built on the 7 series short wheelbase chassis) is long (and versatile) enough for me. Once the G11 is in the showroom though, I will certainly have a good look at it when I am in for service and waiting for the shuttle to depart.