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.
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.
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.
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.