A new report sheds some light about the next generation BMW 6-Series scheduled to go on sale in 2017.

A new report sheds some light about the next generation BMW 6-Series scheduled to go on sale in 2017.

It was only several days ago when BMW facelifted the 6-Series range but details are already emerging about its successor which will be overhauled. According to Automobile Magazine, the new 6-Series is going to be massively reworked and should lose as much as 500 lbs (227 kg) after making the switch to the 35up platform. The vehicle is going to receive a lower center of gravity while the weight will be distributed more evenly.

According to the same report, the next-gen BMW 6-Series will feature shorter overhangs which combined with a wider track should make the car more agile while the coupe and convertible derivatives are going to be smaller. On the other hand, the more elegant Gran Coupe is bound to be stretched as a method to offer more room at the back.

In terms of engines, expect the next generation 6-Series to have an inline-six turbo with 350 HP, along with a 475 HP V8 while the range-topping M6 will get a 600 HP twin-turbo V8 4.4-liter sourced from the limited-run M5 30 Jahre M5. Don't hold your breath for a plug-in hybrid derivative as the report says it won't happen.

Automobile Magazine goes on to specify the new 6-Series models will benefit from active aerodynamic elements and the cars will be offered as standard with rear-wheel drive but for more money customers will be able to opt for an xDrive all-wheel drive system, including for the M6s.

2017 BMW 6-Series expected to lose 500 lbs; M6 with 600 HP