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BMW shows future CLS-fighter

2010-04-29 07:52
BMW is next to step into the four-door coupé fray with this eye-catching Concept Gran Coupé. 

Showcased at the BMW Design Night at the Beijing Motor Show, the concept details the classic BMW profile with its long wheelbase, flat silhouette, long bonnet and short front overhang, and a cabin that is set towards the rear axle.

BMW calls its latest concept a “vision of a four-door” combining Gran Turismo characteristics with those of a high-performance sports car. The vehicle is almost five metres long, however, it has a low centre of gravity (body height is just under 1.4 metres), promising a nimble driving experience.  

A combination of uncomplicated surfaces and long lines contribute to the car’s dynamic appearance, while frameless doors give it an especially modern character.

At the rear, L-shaped light clusters are an elegant accompaniment to the third brake light spanning the width of the rear screen.

BMW reckons its Concept Gran Coupe is a development of the classic three-box sedan. We find the addition of a coupe-like roofline to be rather neat and, based on this concept, the production car should be interesting to behold.

We’d especially like to see what is has in store for the next generation Mercedes-Benz CLS and, up a rung, the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.

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