With the arrival of the 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, unveiled on the Web this past weekend, all three major German automakers now have four-door coupes. The other big players in the segment, including the Audi A7 and trendsetting Mercedes-Benz CLS, have already been compared numerous times, but how does BMW’s newcomer stack up? See for yourself in the gallery below.
Like the other two cars, the Gran Coupe features a blunted, more upright front end to comply with European pedestrian safety standards. The front end also draws inspiration from the 6 Series coupe, on which the Gran Coupe is based. Many other styling cues from the 6 Series find their way onto the Gran Coupe, like the taillights and rear fascia design. The characteristic Hofmeister kink of the rear quarter window isn’t as sharp on the Gran Coupe as it is on the 6 Series coupe, and the roofline isn’t as dramatically raked in the rear. That roofline is also the most pedestrian-looking of the three four-door coupes being compared today, sloping barely enough to qualify it for the category.
The originator of the trend, the CLS, is swoopier in its hind quarters than the BMW, and has a unique character line that starts close to the bottom of the rear doors and curves along the fender until it meets the edge of the taillight. These features make the CLS more coupe-like in back, but the car that perhaps pulls off the coupe look best is the A7, with its radical sloped rear roofline, complemented by the bulging look of the rear fenders and sleek taillight design.
The interior of the Gran Coupe is laid out much like the 6 Series coupe, with a divided, two-tone center console and raised center arm rest that flows into the passenger-side dash. This look is more contemporary, and arguably more interesting than the A7’s or CLS’ center consoles, which both feature a more traditional layout. The A7’s interior, however, has its own unique contours that put it in the running for best cabin, including slanted, two-tone door inserts and trim surrounding the door handle that flows across the dash to the other side. The CLS’ interior is clean, luxurious-looking, and finely crafted—all qualities typical of Mercedes-Benz models.
Which swoopy four-door do you think reigns supreme? See our side-by-side photos in the gallery below and let us know in the comments section.