Alongside the 5 Series, BMW also unveiled the updated 6 Series Gran Turismo. This luxury liftback gets all the updates and upgrades seen in the 5 Series sedan and wagon. For the 2021 model year, its exterior gets a sharper look, the cabin gets more luxury options, and mild hybrids power most of the range.
2021 6 Series Gran Turismo draws some inspiration from the 7 Series flagship sedan. These cues are most prominent at the front, with its wider kidney grill, slim headlights, and L-shaped daytime running lights. The front end appears more angular too, with sharper, more defined lines on the corners and apron. For the first time in the 6 Series GT, the Laserlight feature is now an option.
On to the rear of the car and the tweaks are more subtle. There's a new diffuser at the lower portion of the bumper while the taillights now have a different LED signature. Also new for 2021 are the wheel options, and will vary from variant to variant.
Like the 5 Series, the 6 Series GT features a redesigned digital instrument cluster. It now looks like the one seen in the 7 Series and 8 Series with its counter-clockwise tachometer. BMW added interior color and trim options as well. To further amp up the luxury levels, the Rear Seat Entertainment Professional Package is available. Another option is the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 16 speakers, and an active amplifier with a 1,400-watt output.
Under the chassis, it borrows some tech from the 7 Series. The 6 Series GT can be specified with active air suspension. BMW calls it the Executive Drive system, and it allows the driver to select the softness or firmness of the suspension at the press of a button. But for those who want to pass on that option, the standard air suspension system for the rear axle should keep things comfortable.
Last but not least are the engines. It's a much leaner range compared to the 5 Series, but most should provide more than adequate power. The range starts with the 620d GT with its 2.0-liter turbodiesel making 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. That's followed by the 630i GT which uses a 2.0-liter, turbo-gas mill putting out 258 PS and 400 Nm of torque.
On to the six-cylinder range and it kicks off with the 630d GT. The 3.0-liter, turbodiesel produces 286 PS and 650 Nm of torque. The most potent gas-fed engine is found in the 640i GT with its boosted 3.0-liter engine churning out 333 PS and 450 Nm of torque. For those who want the most powerful 6 Series GT they can get, they have to go for diesel power. The 640d GT xDrive lays down 340 PS and 700 Nm of torque through all of its wheels. The engines mentioned are mild hybrids but BMW says not all markets will have it. That said, the mild hybrid and standard engines have the same respective outputs.
Since the 6 Series GT is sold here, we might be seeing in in showrooms in the near future. It won't be for a couple of months though, as Europe will be the first to get it, and the rest of the world should follow. .