An all-new 2 Series Gran Coupe will switch to BMW’s modular front-wheel-drive matrix when it shows up in late 2020. Although a BMW coupe would normally wear an “even number” designation, management does not want to revive the little-loved 8 Series and does not own the rights to 10 Series, so 9 Series is the model’s most likely name.
The production 9 Series will be a four-door, four-passenger coupe based on a long-wheelbase version of the 7 Series platform. With a bit of luck, an all-electric powertrain package that Rolls-Royce is developing for the next Phantom might eventually find its way into the 9 Series as well.
BMW is also on its way to building an all-new, all-electric car called the i6, a modern yet practical package roughly the size of a 3 Series sedan. The i6 will have between two and four electric motors and might even have an all-new lithium-polymer battery pack that is reportedly half as cheap to build as today’s batteries but with more than triple the energy capacity.