Sorry, BMW; we’re going to have to blog about this — the first look at the all-new 6 Series coupe is destined to be revealed under the bright lights of the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Honoring its coupe tradition, BMW took its current 6 Series and gave it a newly sculpted body. The 6 Series Coupe concept evokes the image of the Gran Coupe presented to us at the Beijing auto show, less two doors, but offers the same compelling presence. It’s softer than the current 6 Series but still emits a strong presence from front to back.
The headlights are the first from the Bavarian team to mate an all-LED setup with the familiar twin-round design. LEDs can be found everywhere illumination is desired, including the main lights, daytime running lights, foglights, and signal indicators. LED light strips, which continue to grow in popularity and application, are attached to the concept’s front face. In addition to consuming less power, BMW is pleased to announce its Adaptive Headlight function will change the light spray depending on steering angle and vehicle speed. Drivers will only need to remember to look through the turn.
The side features four flowing lines to give the lengthy body substance while unique 20-inch alloy wheels sport a one-off design. The Concept 6 Series Coupe’s new presence stretches to the rear, where the L-shaped, LED taillights look similar to the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Like the front, the rear fascia gives off a hunkered-down look to round out the wide, low body package. Trapezoidal exhaust outlets are another appearance distinction.
Exterior design session over, we move into the interior. There are seats for four and natural lighting is highly valued, as evidenced by the presence of a full glass roof. The 6 Series Coupe swathes driver and passengers in premium materials with leather leading the charge.
It’s difficult to avoid the iDrive control system omnipresent in the BMW lineup, although the latest generation is a significant improvement over the launch models. To help the Concept 6 Series Coupe step out of the crowd, a freestanding 10.2-inch display sits above the center stack’s air vents with bright chrome surround trim. A Head-Up Display is placed directly in front of the driver for minimal operating distractions.
The 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System uses 16 individual amplifiers and Dirac Dimensions technology for a high-quality aural experience. There is even a center speaker housed within the dashboard area. Needless to say, the name Bang & Olufsen speaks for itself.
The big money question we always ask when it comes to concepts is: How much of the concept design will make it to production? We will just have to wait in order to find out.