BMW premieres the 6 Series Gran Turismo - goodbye 5 Series GT

BMW premieres the 6 Series Gran Turismo - goodbye 5 Series GT

With five doors and a greenhouse styled like a coupe, the 6 series GT provides more legroom and rear headroom than a conventional sedan and combines luxury sedan comfort with the aesthetic appeal of a coupe, BMW says.

The new, 2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo has been revealed, coming in to replace the 5 Series Gran Turismo. The wooden-finished veneers and the piano black surround of the central panel make the cabin of the new 5 series resemble that of the new 7 Series.

Despite the new name, it heavily takes on new 5 Series design cues, with similar headlights and taillights, plus the same gill behind the front wheel.

That means the 6-Series GT benefits from BMW's latest tech goodies, many of which are featured as standard.

On this occasion, Vikram Pawah, president, BMW Group India, said the 5 Series has been nothing short of the undisputed king of its segment in India. The engine choices on tap include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 630i, a 3.0-liter inline-six 640i, and a 3.0-liter diesel 630d. xDrive is available on the 3.0-liter equipped models. The vehicle maker is planning to introduce the 6 Series GT at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2017, and will launch it later in the United Kingdom in November. Let us know in the comments.

For the Indian market, BMW plans to offer three engine options, all paired with eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The standard suspension features rear air springs and automatic self-levelling.

It's a model that was previously known as the 5-Series Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback that with above average room for humans and their cargo.

Competitive pricing will also be a key factor for the new 5 Series. In addition, every model will come with voice control, as well as the option of a head-up display and Gesture Control, which allows the driver to operate some functions with the wave of a hand.

Among the petrol units in the launch line-up is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo developing 258bhp and 295lb ft in the rear-wheel-drive 630i Gran Turismo.

The 5-Series GT was never a big seller for BMW.

For the past 14 years, the 6 Series has been a flagship two-door coupé. Well if you did, you can now say goodbye to the 5 Series Gran Turismo!

As before, expect the 520d and 530i to be offered across a range of variants with the 530d likely to be offered as the range-topping M-Sport only.

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