BMW and Mercedes are increasingly competing one another, with overlapping models – the X6 and GLE Coupe is a good example – and it appears this is a long-running new sport.
Just the other day we reported BMW is going to deliver a rebirth of the 8 Series that would kill off some of the 6 Series models in order to compete with the S Class Coupe and Cabrio. Now here’s an entirely new report that says this is by no means the end of the cat and mouse game – because BMW is looking to add a new 9 Series that would fight off the ultra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach versions. According to German media the new model range will get the underpinnings from the 7 Series as well, but with added dimensions – meaning we should expect a sedan that takes cues from the Vision Future Luxury concept that was first showcased back in Beijing in 2014.
The lavish new 9 Series will premiere sometimes in 2020 and will be geared towards the back seat occupants – getting two individual seats with bespoke infotainment systems and screens. Of course the 7 and 9 Series will make use of the same powertrains – with the 6.6-liter V12 being the flagship offering. This engine in the M760Li xDrive has 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 591 pound-feet (800 Newton meters) of torque, linked to an all wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission. A plug in hybrid version shouldn’t be out of the question – just like an all electric model, as BMW stated its new flagship car would go fully green in the near future.
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