The 5 Series GT has been upgraded. From now on, BMW is calling it the 6 Series GT, after the recent demise of the F13/F12/F06 6 Series range.
BMW claims that the new G32 6 Series GT is very much improved in many aspects over its predecessor, mainly contributed by BMW’s intelligent lightweight engineering. Compared to the old 5 Series GT, the new 6 Series GT is lighter by 150 kg and is said to handle better, sprint quicker, and sip less fuel than before.
The looks may still divide opinions but compared to the predecessor, we reckon the new one is a little easier on the eyes. It’s lower and longer (by 21 mm and 87 mm respectively), and overall it looks like a paused screencap of a G30 5 Series morphing into an F16 X6.
Inside, it’s eerily similar to the G30 5 Series albeit with a slightly raised seating position. Like its predecessor, rear space is generous but this time BMW improved the soundproofing for an even quieter cabin. Options available for the rear seats include active seat ventilation, massage function and powered adjustment.
Behind the rear seats, the 610 litres boot carries 110 litres more than the outgoing 5 Series GT and BMW has lowered the load sill by at least 50 mm for better usability. Fold down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest and you’ll get a total of 1,800 litres of real estate. Powered tailgate is available as standard on all models too.
As standard, every 6 Series GT will be equipped with Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, whereas Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function can be specified as an option. The latter works at speeds up to 210 km/h, and there’s also Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning systems, as well as the Remote Control Parking feature.
Engine options should mirror the G30 5 Series range. Currently there are three variants available at launch: 630i, 640i, and 630d. The 630i is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder producing 258 hp and 400 Nm, meanwhile the 640i and 630d are powered by six cylinder engines.
The 3.0-litre petrol in the 640i develops 340 hp and 450 Nm, and the 3.0-litre diesel in the 630d churns out 265 hp and 620 Nm. All three engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic to drive the rear wheels, but xDrive all-wheel drive is only available on the six-cylinder models. Expect to see a plug-in hybrid 630e in the near future, but don’t count on BMW to launch the M6 GT.