Demand for coupes and convertibles has dropped in recent years as people seem to be moving away from less practical cars. Ask Mercedes. He decided to kill not only the S-Class coupe and convertible, but also the AMG GT Roadster and the baby SLC. Additionally, it is widely believed that the two-door versions of the C-Class and E-Class will merge to become a single model line – the CLE.
Guess what? BMW could go the same route if we were to trust a new rumor from the Australian magazine Which car. Journalists claim that the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible and the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible will not live to see another generation. Instead, both families will apparently morph into the 6-Series lineup from 2026.
It’s perfectly understandable if you’ve forgotten, but the 6 Series is still around as BMW continues to sell the oddly shaped Gran Turismo in some markets as an alternative to the 5 Series Touring. It’s probably only a matter of time before the GT is phased out, and in about four years the 6 Series portfolio could look completely different.
Although there is no word on the 4 Series Gran Coupe, Which car says something quite interesting about its big brother – the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Apparently, the four-door 8er will become a member of the 7-series family, probably as a sleeker alternative to the traditional sedan. Whether the 4 GC will survive is unclear at this stage, but we won’t be too surprised if BMW sticks with just the electric i4.
Revitalizing the 6 Series makes sense given that the name has significant historical significance for the Bavarian brand. Some people have criticized BMW for upgrading the 8 Series family cars and keeping only the less desirable GT with the 6er badge. That said, nothing is set in stone, so take this report with the proverbial pinch of salt.