BMW will broaden its 8 Series to three bodystyles with a four-door coupe this year, and the brand has released the first official image of it.
The side-on profile shot keeps the bottom section of the car hidden, but we can see it’s grown significantly in size to accommodate the extra doors. The shape is still recognisable from the two-door car, though.
The new car takes over the market position previously occupied by the old 6 Series Gran Coupe and is directly aimed at cars such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz CLS.
It shares its engines and underpinnings with the 8 Series Coupe, but with an extended wheelbase and raised roofline offering more passenger and luggage room.
Previously seen spy images also showed the design is a familiar adaptation of the coupe and convertible, with the undisguised front end looking largely identical and a recognisable rear shape. It’s not clear yet, however, whether two or three rear seats will be offered; the coupe is a strict two-seater in the back.