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2016 BMW 9 Series

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With so many models on offer these days and more to come in the future, you’d think that BMW has nowhere to expand anymore. I mean, how many niches can you invent?

Besides Smart-like city cars and pickup trucks, the Munich-based company covered just about everything so far. While trucks are definitely a "no-no", we wouldn’t be surprised is BMW rolls out three-cylinder-engined city car sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Germans are looking to expand their lineup in the opposite direction. As we’ve previously reported, BMW is about to get bigger at the Beijing Auto Show, where a concept car is set to preview the company’s upcoming 9 Series sedan.

It might seem like a crazy idea for BMW to launch a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. However the 9 Series is likely to open new market opportunities for the manufacturer, who’s obviously looking to give the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman a run for its money using a less audacious marque.

Expected to arrive sometime in 2016, the 9 Series will be underpinned by BMW’s new, lightweight G11 modular platform, which was initially developed for the next-generation 7 Series. Stretching it a bit for that mandatory extra room in the back won’t be a problem, as the Germans have plenty of experience with their previous elongated 7 Series sedans.

Design-wise, the new flagship will receive a number of styling features seen on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, but a few cues borrowed from the 7 Series are also in the books.

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BMW Confirms New Luxury Model, Says X7 Will Arrive in 2018

BMW Confirms New Luxury Model, Says X7 Will Arrive in 2018

The Germans also promised to develop new M and i products

On March 7th, 2016, BMW halted production at nearly all factories, which joined the company’s live official 100th anniversary celebration in the Olympiahalle in Munich. Now, the German brand returned to Olympiahalle for the 96th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG, where chairman Harald Kruger made several announcement about the automaker’s future plans. As is the case with such important events, BMW unveiled plans to further expand its vehicle lineup and confirmed that brand-new vehicles will be launched in the future.

Arguably the most important news is that BMW will introduce a new luxury model. Kruger had no actual details to share, but the most likely candidate is the highly anticipated 9 Series. Essentially a longer 7 Series with a slightly revised exterior design, the 9 Series will be aimed at long-wheelbase versions of the S-Class and slot right below the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Rumored since 2013, the limousine will most likely arrive in late 2018 or early 2019.

Another model confirmed by Kruger is the X7. Also rumored for quite some time, the X7 will become BMW’s largest SUV and will offer seating for up to seven people. Key competitors for the big hauler will include the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. According to BMW, the X7 will become available in 2018, which means we could see it in concept form sometime in 2017. The vehicle will likely share underpinnings with the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV, known as project Cullinan.

Kruger also said that BMW aims to expand its M and i programs. Although details are slim, we expect to see a full-fledged M7, as well as high-performance versions of the X1, X3, and X7. As far as the electric/hybrid i family goes, BMW will probably launch a larger version of the i3, dubbed i5.

Alongside the new nameplates, Munich will also debut new technology. Confirmed developments include an enhanced connectivity system, use of artificial intelligence, and autonomous cars.

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BMW Poised To Add 9 Series And I6 Models To Lineup By 2020

BMW Poised To Add 9 Series And I6 Models To Lineup By 2020

BMW’s growing lineup figures to get a little more crowded as the German automaker seeps into new markets with models that are expected to make their debut in the coming years. Two, in particular, are looking like game changers when they make their respective debut in 2020.

According to Automobile Mag, BMW is expected to launch a premium four-door luxury coupe that will be slotted above the 7 Series. Given BMW’s history with the 8 Series, it does make sense for the this new model to get that nomenclature, but the German automaker is preparing this model to be an all-new entry, hence the likely route of naming it the 9 Series. That’s not the official name yet, and it may still evolve into something else, but there are signs that point to the car being a four-door, four-passenger coupe that will based on the LWB version of the 7 series. It will also assume the flagship model role for BMW, taking it away from the 7er. For now, the 9 Series is anticipated to receive a handful of engine options, including a twin-turbo V-8 and a six-cylinder, plug-in hybrid. A V-12 could also be in the cards, in the event the 9 Series gets an M9 variant, and just as important, an all-electric variant depending on how far sister company Rolls-Royce is with its all-electric platform.

The other interesting model that’s scheduled to hit dealerships is the BMW i6. At this point, no mention has been made of the i6, since most of the attention has been on i5 and the i7 sedans. But apparently, the i6 will also be joining the i family in 2020. No mention was made on what type of car it’s going to be, although the early description on the model points to a “modern yet practical package that’s roughly the size of a 3 Series sedan”. The i6 will also be built on a new “flat-floor” component and will prominently feature anywhere from two to four electric motors. A new lithium-polymer battery pack could also be in play, although that’s contingent on how far development on that front goes. Should it become available by 2020, the battery pack is being described as having three times the energy capacity as the existing units and will cut production expenses by half.

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2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury

2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury

With a market that grows larger by the year, China is one of the most important automobile battlefields nowadays, and it’s no surprise that the 2014 Beijing Auto Show hosted so many important debuts, including Mercedes’ upcoming BMW X6 fighter, the Lexus NX or Lincoln’s MKX Concept crossover.

Likewise, BMW went to Beijing to showcase an array of vehicles, hoping to gain more leverage over its luxury competitors. But besides introducing already launched cars and a couple of special models, including the 7 Series Horse Edition, the Germans also debuted the Vision Future Luxury concept, which hints at the manufacturer’s next step in regard to large sedans.

As with most of its concepts, BMW declined to offer any information as to what to what kind of production model the Vision Future Luxury will spawn, but it makes a lot of sense for us to think about the next-generation 7 Series. Additionally, and based on previous reports, this study is also a forerunner for the upcoming 9 Series — the BMW-badged executive that will take on the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman.

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2016 BMW 9 Series

2016 BMW 9 Series

With so many models on offer these days and more to come in the future, you’d think that BMW has nowhere to expand anymore. I mean, how many niches can you invent?

Besides Smart-like city cars and pickup trucks, the Munich-based company covered just about everything so far. While trucks are definitely a "no-no", we wouldn’t be surprised is BMW rolls out three-cylinder-engined city car sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Germans are looking to expand their lineup in the opposite direction. As we’ve previously reported, BMW is about to get bigger at the Beijing Auto Show, where a concept car is set to preview the company’s upcoming 9 Series sedan.

It might seem like a crazy idea for BMW to launch a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. However the 9 Series is likely to open new market opportunities for the manufacturer, who’s obviously looking to give the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman a run for its money using a less audacious marque.

Expected to arrive sometime in 2016, the 9 Series will be underpinned by BMW’s new, lightweight G11 modular platform, which was initially developed for the next-generation 7 Series. Stretching it a bit for that mandatory extra room in the back won’t be a problem, as the Germans have plenty of experience with their previous elongated 7 Series sedans.

Design-wise, the new flagship will receive a number of styling features seen on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, but a few cues borrowed from the 7 Series are also in the books.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 9 Series.

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BMW Will Preview its 9 Series Sedan with a Beijing-Bound Concept

BMW Will Preview its 9 Series Sedan with a Beijing-Bound Concept

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).

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