For 2018, BMW is adding a hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan to the lineup, calling it the 6 Series Gran Turismo. This car is actually a replacement for the old 5-Series GT and it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last year or so. The reasons behind the naming conventions are still unknown, but it might have something to do with positioning of the new GT in between the 5 Series Sedan/Touring and the flagship 7 Series. As the “classic” 6 Series Coupe and Convertibles are now moving up to the 8 Series slot, the 6 Series family is left, for now, with only one member.
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The new tourer rides on a slightly longer wheelbase, giving the 6 GT more legroom and a much larger trunk – 31 cubic feet of cargo space to the 5 series’ 18.7 cubit feet.
The US will get a single version of this car: The six-cylinder, all-wheel drive 640i xDrive GT. Like the 540i xDrive, it’s powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six that sends 335 hp to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Europeans will also get initially a 630i and 630d models, producing 258 hp and 265 hp, respectively.
While the outside of the 6 Series Gran Turismo simply looks related to the 5 Series, the interior looks like a direct copy which isn’t a bad thing at all. Passengers will be treated to a cabin with standard leather, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Adding the Luxury package also adds power recline adjustment for the rear seats, and the M Sport package adds a leather steering wheel and aluminum pedals.
BMW says the 6 GT is the most advanced car when it comes to safety and semi-autonomous, including features including active lane-keep assist, side collision prevention, adaptive cruise control with stop and go assist, and Evasion Aid, among others.
The all-new BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo will be available at showrooms in the fall starting at $69,700 plus $995 Destination and Handling.