BMW earlier announced that it will reveal the China-exclusive 7 Series Horse Edition at the Beijing Auto Show , and now it appears that the German automaker is set to use the Asian event to introduce yet another large sedan .The good news is that we won’t see yet another special edition based on the 7 Series, but a brand-new vehicle that will top BMW’s lineup in the future. Yes, we’re talking about something bigger than the aforementioned sedan. A limousine that’s rumored to come alive under the 9 Series moniker.
According to a recent report, the executive four-door will be shown as a concept car in Beijing, with the production model, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2016, to compete against the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman , Stuttgart’s spiritual successor to the Maybach.
The extra-long-wheelbase BMW will share underpinning with the upcoming 7 Series , meaning it will be bolted on BMW’s lightweight G11 modular platform. The 9 Series will borrow styling cues from the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe , also believed so serve as inspiration for an 8 Series revival.
Little else is known about the 9 Series, but if this report turns out to be true, BMW’s new flagship is likely to be positioned alongside the Rolls-Royce Ghost .
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe (pictured here).
Introduced at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the one-off BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is a large, luxury two-door coupe powered by a V-12 engine. The clean, yet menacing design included a large twin kidney grille, unique taillamp architecture, and muscular lines stretching from the hood toward the rear end.
Blending sportiness and luxury, the cabin was fitted with high-quality materials and wood inlays through the doors, dashboard and steering wheel. Like most concept cars, the Gran Lusso was unveiled without any performance specifications whatsoever.