Bugatti unveiled the Galibier concept nearly eight years ago and it seems the company hasn’t given up on the idea of an ultra-luxury sedan.
In an interview with Automotive News, Bugatti president Wolfgang Durheimer revealed “The four-door car is not dead.” He declined to elaborate but said its future will be determined by Volkswagen Group executives towards the end of 2018.
If the model is green-lighted, it could be launched around 2024. Unfortunately, it appears the car would replace the Chiron as Durheimer said Bugatti will be a “one-model brand” for the foreseeable future.
The Chiron is slated to have an eight-year lifecycle and Durheimer has previously said development work on its successor will begin next year. At the time, he hinted the company will evaluate “different ideas” and it appears an ultra-luxury sedan is one of the options being considered.
Different body styles aren’t the only consideration as Durheimer stated the brand is still debating what will power the next-generation model. All options are reportedly on the table and these include a traditional internal combustion engine, a hybrid powertrain, or a switch to electricity.
Durheimer said Bugatti was considering an electrified powertrain during the development of the Chiron but ultimately rejected the idea due to weight and packaging concerns as well as the performance offered by the car’s quad turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine.