Before global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Tourismo has been revealed. The new 6 Series GT replaces the aging 5 Series GT in carmaker’s lineup, and this new model will be sportier, larger and lighter. The new model is also the latest of the BMW to be built on CLAR platform that also underpins the new 7 and 5 Series models.
The new BMW 6 Series is mainly an iteration of the 5 Series sedan, but gets spacious cabin and touring friendly boot. The new 6er GT is almost 150 kg lighter than its predecessor; it is because it is constructed using aluminum and high-strength steel. An important plus on the new 6 Series GT is the sportier design. The front is same as the new 5 Series complete with BMW’s Adaptive LED headlights, while the rear flaunts a lot larger LED tail lamps, and an active aero spoiler. However, the roofline has a huge change and is more coupe-like now, integrating almost seamlessly into the booth.
In dimensions, the new BMW 6 Series GT has become 87 mm longer and 21 mm lower. The wheelbase of GT is 3070 mm, and the boot capacity has increased by 110 liters over the present 610 liters. The rear seats are foldable, which will increase cargo space to 1800 liters.
The cabin has been carried over from the 5er, with increased headroom and shoulder room, also the seating position is higher than that in the sedan. You also get active seat ventilation with electrically adjustable function for the rear passengers and even the option to change the angle at the touch of a button.
In terms of tech features, the 6 Series will come with a Bowers and Wilkins 10-speaker surround sound system and will be using BMW’s iDrive 6.0 interface. The system can be operated through a 10.25 inch touchscreen unit and Apple CarPlay is also available. It will have a standard Active Driving Assistant that comes with a number of active and passive driver assists like Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation and much more.
Engine options will include the 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 256 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque, while the more powerful 640i GT will use a 3-litre twinturbo engine with 338 bhp and 450 Nm of torque that can propel the car from 0-100 kmph in 5.4 seconds. Diesel power will come from the 3-litre in-line six-cylinder turbocharged unit tuned for 263 bhp and 620 Nm of peak torque that will get all-wheel drive as an option. All engines on the new 6 GT will be paired to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
It will be available for sale in global markets by the end of this year. In India we can expect it to come in the next year.