BMW swaps 5 for 6 with new Gran Turismo
Big booty: The 6 Series Gran Turismo can devour up to 1800L worth of luggage when the rear bench is folded down, or 610L with it up.
6 Series Gran Turismo revealed, with latest BMW to arrive in 630i form during Q4
14 June 2017
By JUSTIN HILLIARD
BMW has revealed the all-new 6 Series Gran Turismo which will succeed the
outgoing 5 Series Gran Turismo, with the five-door liftback set to be offered
only in 630i guise when it goes on sale in Australia during the fourth quarter
of this year.
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Based on the seventh-generation 5 Series – which started arriving locally in
March – the size of the Gran Turismo has changed in nearly all respects,
offering more space than before.
Compared to its predecessor, length has increased by 87mm to 5091mm, with
height reduced by 21mm to 1538mm. A width of 1902mm carries over, while the
wheelbase measures in at 3070mm.
These longer, lower proportions have resulted in the five-seater’s drag
coefficient being reduced from 0.29 to as little as 0.25 when the automatic
rear spoiler is deployed.
Similarly, luggage capacity has also been upsized, with the boot now capable of
swallowing 610 litres – an improvement of 110L – with the back seats up, while
easy access is provided by an electric tailgate.
Storage leaps to 1800L (+100L) when the electrically operated 40:20:40 split
rear bench is folded flat.
Despite an increase in physical size, BMW claims vehicle weight has dropped by
150kg on average thanks to the increased use of aluminium and high-strength
steel grades for body and chassis components.
Exterior and interior styling for the Gran Turismo can easily be likened to the
current-gen 5 Series sedan, albeit slightly larger inside and out with a
coupe-inspired silhouette. Standard LED headlights and 3D-effect tail-lights
help complete the look.
BMW Australia has confirmed that the Gran Turismo will initially arrive Down
Under in 630i form, meaning it will employ a 2.0-litre turbocharged
four-cylinder petrol engine that punches out 190kW and 400Nm via an eight-speed
The rear-wheel-drive 630i can knock down the sprint from zero to 100km/h in 6.3
seconds – 0.7s quicker than its forbear – while posting a fuel consumption
figure of 6.2-6.6L per 100 kilometres and carbon dioxide emissions of 142-152
While two other powerplant options will be available overseas, BMW Group
Australia product communications manager Adam Davis said a future expansion of
the local line-up remains under consideration.
These extend to a pair of 3.0-litre turbo six-potters, including the
oil-burning 195kW/620Nm 630d and the petrol-powered 250kW/450Nm 640i. Both are
also offered internationally with the brand’s xDrive system that sends power to
all four wheels.
Air suspension for the rear axle is standard with overseas variants, while the
optional adaptive suspension package – which includes dynamic damper control –
extends this set-up to the front, too.
Ride height can be increased by 20mm or lowered by 10mm with the push of a
button when the dual-axle air suspension is fitted. Alternatively, the Gran
Turismo will automatically lower itself when the Sport driving mode is selected
or the vehicle’s speed exceeds 120km/h.
Nevertheless, local specification and pricing will be released closer to the
630i Gran Turismo’s on-sale date. Expect to see a 10.25-inch touchscreen
multimedia system, gesture and voice control, head-up display and the latest
suite of safety technologies to be offered.
The manufacturer will be hoping that the Gran Turismo takes off its second time
around, with only 17 units sold this year until the end of May, which trails
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (95) and Audi A7 Sportback (42).
According to BMW AG member of the board of management Ian Robertson, a blend of
luxury, design and dynamics will help set the new model on the right track.
“The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo offers a unique combination of luxurious
interior comfort and flexible practicality, packaged within a truly elegant
design,” he said.
“Coupled with the sporty, dynamic driving characteristics our customers enjoy,
this car is an outstanding vehicle which further enhances the upper end of our
BMW model line-up.”
As previously reported, the 6 Series range is currently undergoing a
transformation as the Coupe is reportedly being phased out of production in
favour of the reborn 8 Series that returns next year.
The 6 Series Gran Turismo will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor
show in September, with it set to roll into European showrooms in November. An
Aussie launch will occur shortly after this time.