BMW 6-Series Gran Tourer in the works, will debut in 2016

Article by Christian A., on July 31, 2014

BMW created new segments with surprising vehicles such as the X6, X4, 5-Series GT as well as the 3-Series GT. In order to be a few steps ahead of the competition, it appears that the Bavarian carmaker will also add a Gran Tourer version, called 6-Series GT.

Following the same path as the 5-Series GT and the 3-Series GT, the BMW 6-Series GT is planned for the next-generation 6-Series and will arrive in 2016, just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its popular model.

The new 6-Series GT will take on the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake and will have a length of about 5 meters. Mercedes-Benz introduced its CLS Shooting Brake back in 2012 and opened a new segment on the auto market.

The German vehicle featured a stylish rear end and featured a wooden luggage compartment floor.

Mercedes-Benz pushed things even further when it introduced a high-performance version, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, a beast powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine generating 525 hp and 700 Nm of torque.

Despite its dimensions, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake was capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). We don’t know if BMW will go so far and offer an M version of the 6-Series Gran Tourer but we are eager to see the new vehicle and its design.

BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

The new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is a package that harmoniously combines spectacular aesthetics, dynamics of a Coupe as well as the functionality and versatility of a four-door vehicle. Its proportions are easily recognized as BMW – as confined in a body with a length of 5,007 mm, a width of 1,894 mm and a height of 1,392 mm – as defined by its long bonnet with bold contours, set-back passenger cabin and its extended wheelbase of 2,968 mm. Its low height and the flat roofline flowing smoothly into the rear end are some proof that the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe is setting new standards in terms of four-door vehicle aesthetics.

Up front, the 6-Series Gran Coupe comes with a number of distinctive details, like the chrome elements that separate the air intake from the fog lights. As standard, the 6-Series Gran Coupe is provided with dual Xenon round headlights (high and low beams) featuring three-dimensional LED rings – a design configuration that is typical of BMW. When the optional Adaptive LED Headlights are specified, the light rings slightly flatten at the top and bottom. LED units -- positioned on horizontal ribs across each of the light rings -- project light to the reflectors facing them to generate high and low beams.

When viewed from the sides, the 6-Series Gran Coupe reveals impressive low and graceful lines. The recessed passenger cabin seems to be low and stretched, as made possible by the window silhouette extending deep into the C pillar. To boost the vehicle’s sporty coupe appearance, BMW fitted frameless door windows, while the feeling of interior spaciousness is enhanced by the elongated side windows. Exclusively embossed "Gran Coupe" lettering can be found behind the glass in the lower corners of the rear windows, as part of the distinctive Hofmeister kink flowing into the C pillar.

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