New BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo Is A 5-Series With A Big Trunk; Priced From $69,700

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BMW has pulled the wraps off the new 6-Series Gran Turismo.

Set to replace the 5-Series GT, the 6-Series is a major improvement as designers have managed to address the key styling criticisms leveled against its predecessor. In order to accomplish this, the team stretched the car to measure 5,091mm (16.7 feet) long and reduced its height by 21mm (0.8 inches). The tailgate was also redesigned so it now sits 64mm (2.5 inches) lower than on the 5-Series GT.

Besides the new dimensions, the car has been equipped with a larger grille that is flanked by standard LED headlights. Other highlights include frameless windows, front fender vents, and wraparound taillights with three-dimensional styling elements.

The interior largely carries over from the 5-Series but the boot holds 610 liters (21.5 cubic feet) of luggage. That can be expanded to 1,800 liters (63.5 cubic feet) when the rear seats are electronically folded down via a button in the cargo compartment.

Besides the additional cargo capacity, the 6-Series GT boasts a freestanding 10.25-inch iDrive display with voice and gesture control. The car can also be equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system, a heads-up display, and electrically-adjustable rear comfort seats.

When the car is launched in November, it will be offered with three different engines, albeit not in all markets. The 630i Gran Turismo comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 258 PS (190 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which allows the hatchback to run from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.3 seconds.

Buyers looking for something more powerful can opt for the 640i Gran Turismo which has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine developing 340 PS (250 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 5.3 seconds when equipped with the optional all-wheel drive system.

European diesel fans will be able to purchase the 630d Gran Turismo which comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine developing 265 PS (195 kW) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. It completes the dash to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds with all-wheel drive.

In the U.S., the all-new 2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo will be available at showrooms in the fall starting at $69,700 plus $995 destination and handling.

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