BMW has announced the new 6 Series Gran Turismo, which will replace the 5 Series GT model and is set to be the only model in the next generation of the 6 Series range.
Based on the new BMW 5 Series saloon that launched last year, the new 6 Series Gran Turismo is longer and lower, with more interior and luggage space. It is aimed at the Audi A7 Sportback, which is also a liftback model based on a mid-size (A6) saloon.
The GT will initially be offered with a choice of three engines and BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive available on some models. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard.
The existing 6 Series coupé, convertible and Gran Coupé liftback models have ceased production and will not be directly replaced. The all-new BMW 8 Series range announced last month will assume the role of BMW’s flagship coupé.
Inside the 6 Series Gran Turismo
Again based on the new 5 Series, the 6 Series Gran Turismo uses a free-standing touchscreen for navigation, communication and infotainment. It is controlled by the central iDrive dial, voice control or an optional gesture control system.
The car’s infotainment system is highly integrated with the driver’s smartphone. Calendar entries can be used to plan the optimum departure time for a journey, while drivers can manage calendar, email and contact data via Microsoft Exchange.
Incoming emails can be read aloud and a response dictated back. Real-time traffic information and on-street parking information help drivers on the move, while satnav uses car-to-car communication to provide drivers with as much information as possible. Drivers can monitor their vehicle from the car key, which can display the fuel level, service intervals and even whether the doors and windows are closed.
Standard equipment for the 6 Series GT includes automatic climate control, metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera. The two trim levels are SE and M Sport, the latter adding 19-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery with piping and stitching in contrast colours.
In terms of driver assistance, autonomous emergency braking is standard, including a pedestrian detection feature. Optional assistance systems include active cruise control, lane departure warning, side collision warning and emergency steering assistance.
The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Prices start at £46,810 on-road and the first cars are expected to arrive in the UK in November.