One of the hottest topics of this year in the BMW world was the alleged rebranding of the 5 Series Gran Turismo into a future 6 Series GT. Over the last few months, several sources close to the brand have told BMWBLOG that the 6 Series family, as we know it, will be going through massive marketing changes. The 6 Series Coupe and Convertible will be moving up to the new 8 Series lineup, while the 6 Series, for now, will only offer one model: a 6 Series Gran Turismo. It is still unclear whether the 6 Series Gran Coupe will be offered and if it does, under what naming convention.
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In July, we first broke the news on the GT and its future. Today, we’ve learned that the G32 6 Series Gran Turismo is certainly a go and it’s scheduled to launch next year. Market availability will be the same as the current 5 Series GT.
Despite the new name and the integration into the 6 series, the Gran Turismo is based on a similar concept as its predecessor. The BMW G38 5 Series version long wheelbase – which is sold exclusively in China as in previous generations – is the technical basis. The longer wheelbase provides additional space in the rear and contributes to the overall more stretched looks and therefore more elegant proportions of the BMW 6 Series GT.
In order to make the design of the tailgate more pleasurable, the BMW designers focused on a clean and stretched rear end, while the above-average luggage compartment is now of secondary importance. Sources inside Munich assured us that the 6 GT will be far sleeker and better looking than the current GT.
The engines and chassis technology of the BMW G32 6 Series GT is largely adopted from the new G30 5 Series, but the entry motorization will be more potent than the 5 Series. While in Europe the BMW 630d GT is likely to play the leading role, the BMW 640i GT will dominate in many other markets.