Here Comes Another Four-Door Coupe!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

You might think that now that Mercedes is coming out with a four-door-coupe-wagon, the four-door-coupe craze of the last several years might be ready to disappear in a puff of internal contradiction… but you’d be wrong. So focused was it on the four-door-SUV-coupe and the bloated-sedan-hatch-cum-GT niche, BMW completely slept through the four-door-sedan niche that Mercedes first attacked in 2004. And as far as the Bavarians are concerned, it’s better to attack a niche late than never. And they’re doing so with a “GranCoupe” that is remarkably similar to the existing 6er coupe… only with two doors. The entire premise behind the four-door-coupe is that it combines the practicality of a sedan with the panache of a coupe. The problem, in this case, seems to be that BMW’s 6er coupe has so little panache, this four-door model blends right into Bee-Emm’s increasingly indistinguishable lineup. Between that and the late attack on a played-out segment, it’s difficult to harbor high hopes for this latest niche-warrior.

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  • Sitting@home Sitting@home on Sep 04, 2011

    "it’s difficult to harbor high hopes for this latest niche-warrior." The only person easier to separate from their money than a current BMW driver is an aspiring BMW driver. They'll sell loads of these.

  • Andy D Andy D on Sep 05, 2011

    the Panamera make the x6 look ugly

  • JJ JJ on Sep 05, 2011

    Looks simply stunning as far as I'm concerned. Much better than the somewhat awkward looking new CLS and Audi's 5 door hatchback that's supposed to play in this 4-door coupe segment. I don't care as much that BMWs are starting to look alike more and more. I think the new ones look pretty good and the proportions are always right*...Long hood, cab backward, short nose overhang, you can see it's RWD. *When talking about BMWs I usually ignore the existence of the X6, X1, 5GT, hypothetical 3GT and most of all, the upcoming unnamed FWD abomination.

  • -Cole- -Cole- on Sep 05, 2011

    Oh please. As if its indistinguishable. Best one yet.