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Spied: BMW 5 Series GT transforms into 6 Series GT

Spied: BMW 5 Series GT transforms into 6 Series GT image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | posted November 28, 2016 11:02

Future of 6 Series Gran Coupe in question

The 5 Series GT is no more. BMW's E-Segment liftback will eventually get axed once the new G30/G31 5 Series production goes in full swing. From these spy photos however, it appears that BMW is making another attempt at the category busting niche.

 Spied: BMW 5 Series GT transforms into 6 Series GT

Our spies report that the large liftback will now become a part of the upcoming 6 Series lineup. Spy photos of the two door revealed a sleeker roofline and i8-like elements. The 6 Series seen here meanwhile has five doors. The sighting of the 6 GT raises doubts on the future of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door version of the current generation model.

 Spied: BMW 5 Series GT transforms into 6 Series GT

Looking through the camouflage, it follows the current styling direction of BMW. Large wraparound headlights, similar to those found in the 5 Series, get an upward sweep. The kidney grill is also wider compared to the 5 GT. Moving to the rear, one can expect the “reverse L” tail lights and the Hoffmeister Kink, another of BMW's signatures.

 Spied: BMW 5 Series GT transforms into 6 Series GT

The 6 GT will be the latest addition to BMW's new modular platform. Dubbed OKL, this new architecture features what the automaker calls a Carbon Core chassis. Carbon Core is composed of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber reinforced polymer, magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steel. With the new chassis it is expected that the 6 GT will be lighter than the model it replaces.

Expect a range of turbocharged six-cylinder gas and diesel models plus a V8, along with various trim levels ranging from standard to M-Sport. xDrive all-wheel drive is likely to be an option for all six-cylinder engines while the V8 might get standard all-wheel drive with the M650i. It is yet unknown if the 6 GT will get a plug-in hybrid model called iPerformance.