BMW’s team of engineers and test drivers are in Northern Europe this month testing a series of upcoming models. One of them is the replacement of 5 Series GT which will be marketed and sold under the 6 Series Gran Turismo badge. The spy video below gives us a closer look at the design of the 6 GT, along with some rolling shots in the snow.
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With a more sweeping roofline and more hatchback-like trunk, the 6 Series GT should be far better looking than the somewhat dumpy-looking 5 Series GT. Our sources say the overall look is much better balanced with some influences from the new 5 Series family as well. In the back, the GT will retain the split-opening hatch and the upright look which allows for additional storage space. In order to make the design of the tailgate more pleasurable, the BMW designers focused on a clean and stretched rear end.
The long wheelbase provides additional space in the rear compared to the 5 Series and contributes to the overall more stretched looks and therefore more elegant proportions when measured against the previous Gran Turismo.
There will be the typical suite of BMW’s diesel and petrol engines, nearly identical to the G30 5 Series sedan offerings. For diesel power, there will be a BMW 620d, 630d and top-of-the-line M650d xDrive, the latter using BMW’s newest B57 quad-turbo engine. For petrol power, you can choose from the BMW 630i, 640i and M650i xDrive. The latter will get the same 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the new G30 BMW M550i xDrive. At least one hybrid will be offered as well, under the iPerformance brand.
BMW will unveil the 6 Series Gran Turismo at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show.