New car trivia: BMW 6-series GT

  • Published By: Droom
  • 11 July 2017

The car will debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.

1) 5-series GT successor
The 6-series GT offers 7-series levels of space and comfort but at a price range that’s much closer to the 5-series. The car doesn’t look as ungainly as the ‘liftback’ 5-series GT, and is easily one of the best looking cars in BMW’s GT line-up. It’s modelled on the same lightweight Cluster Architecture (CLAR) underpinnings as the new 5, and is a whole 150kg lighter than the old 5-series GT.

2) 5-series with more room
Measuring 5,091mm in length, it’s longer than the E-class LWB, but has a marginally smaller wheelbase in comparison to the Merc. It’s wider and taller than the Merc as well, which should mean there’s more shoulder room and headroom. It’s a roomier and more practical version of the latest 5-series.

3) Engines are familiar
The car will, much like the 5, features 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, along with a 3.0-litre, inline-six diesel. The gearbox will be an eight-speed automatic by ZF.

4) Leaning on comfort
Back seat comfort is priority in the 6-Series GT. You will get air-suspension with self-levelling as standard and BMW has added a ‘Comfort Plus’ drive mode for a pillow-soft ride. The back seats are as wide as in the 7-Series, and are positioned higher than the 5, which means they should be comfy on longer journeys.

5) It's loaded with tech
This car comes loaded with tech. It uses active air flaps in the kidney grille for improved aerodynamics. If you’re driving quick, once the car crosses the 120kph mark, an active spoiler pops up to maximise downforce at the rear. The car  will feature remote parking, gesture control for the 10.25-inch touchscreen and a Bowers and Wilkins audio system as well.

6) Made in India
The car will make its way here as a completely knocked-down (CKD) kit and will be assembled at the carmaker’s Chennai facility. Local assembly should allow BMW to keep prices competitive and expect prices to be in the region of ₹60-70 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom).

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