BMW has taken the wraps off the 6 Series Gran Turismo ahead of its official Frankfurt Motor Show debut. BMW adopted the 6 GT moniker as the replacement to the 5 GT in order to realign its nomenclature and make way for newer models and elevate its expanding product portfolio. The new 6 Series GT will hit the roads only in November this year and is a part of the biggest model offensive BMW had announced a few months ago. The new 6 Series GT will promptly make its way to India after it goes on sale internationally. Let’s have a detailed look at the new 6 Series GT through a picture gallery.
Similar to the outgoing 5 GT, the new 6 GT is different from the 5 Series sedan beyond the B-pillar. The front fascia is similar to the G30 5 Series sedan, while at the rear there’s a new hatch opening door.
The 6 GT is based on the same new platform as the 5 Series and hence is bigger, yet lighter than its predecessor. It measures 5,091mmx1,092mmx1,538mm and has an elongated wheelbase of 3,070mm.
The sloping roofline meets the high decked boot. The bulbous posterior is a trademark body style of BMW’s Gran Turismo.However, the new one seems better proportioned than the outgoing car.
Apart from the bigger dimensions, the new 6GT gets a larger grille upfront flanked by standard LED headlights of the new 5 Series. It also gets frameless windows, revised bumpers, and wraparound taillights with three-dimensional styling elements.
All this increase in dimension has resulted in a roomier cabin. In a proper grand tourer fashion, the new 6 GT packs all the creature comforts and luxuries. The dashboard is scrounged from the new 5 series, so is the 10.25-inch iDrive system with gesture control.
The boot capacity is now 610litres which can be expanded to a whopping 1,800litres with the 40:20:40 split rear seats down. The seats can be folded flat electrically via a button in the boot.
BMW is offering three engine options for the 6 GT presently. Two petrol engines which include a four cylinder 2.0-litre and straight-six 3.0-litre, while the oil burner is the 3.0-litre six-cylinder.The eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available as an optional in the 640i and 630d trim. The air-suspension comes as standard fitment with automatic self-levelling just like the 5 Series and 7 Series.
The standard suspension has rear air springs, while buyers can ask for more advanced air suspension featuring air springs at the front and rear, together with variable damping control and active roll control.
With lesser weight to lug around, thanksto the new platform, the new 6 GT promises to be a better driver’s car than its predecessor. The large cabin space makes it a practical alternative to the 5 Series sedan and estate.
With the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible being replaced by the upcoming 8 Series, the 6 Series GT will remain the only 6 Series product, unless BMW decides to introduce a 6 Series Gran Coupe some years down the line.