BMW could consolidate two different models as a new 6er.
When BMW's big 6 Series sedan proved to be a slow seller, the Bavarian automaker axed it. It would return not long after as today's BMW 8 Series, but that hasn't had a certain future either. Despite this, we heard rumors two years ago of a 6 Series revival. Now, those rumors are being reignited, but in a different way.
According to WhichCar?, the demand for coupe and convertible body styles is deteriorating as SUVs and crossovers continue to prove more popular. For this very reason, BMW wishes to expand its electrification powertrain throughout all crossover series models but, select coupe series models will soon be treated to a consolidatory rethink, and this could result in an altogether new type of 6 Series.
What we may see in 2026 is the BMW 4 Series and 8 Series models merging to become a new 6 Series in 2026. This would be a return to the badge since the F13 generation model was put to rest in 2018. The unnamed sources add that the 8 Series name would continue but only as a Gran Coupe that may share a platform with the 7 Series.
This model introduction is said to be slated for after the brand has formally introduced its Neue Klasse (NK) platform which means the next 6er would almost certainly be an electric-focused offering. Unfortunately, there is not much more information beyond this, and the idea of killing off the badge that underpins the money-making M4 seems strange.
What we can expect from the Neue Klasse is a layout that is fully adaptable as it becomes the basis for the brand's entire lineup. This is something that the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) came close to achieving. While it will incorporate some internal combustion engines, the main focus of the NK architecture will be electromobility and connectivity.
BMW 6 Series revival rumors are nothing new. Back in 2016, there were talks about the Bavarian manufacturer having the desire to reintroduce the badge as a focused sportscar to tackle the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT. Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk stated at the time that this was "a nice idea" but never committed to anything more. Maybe that will all change in 2022.