BMW 6 SE­RIES GT

Due to be launched at next year’s Auto Expo is the 6 GT a high-class 5 Se­ries or a cut price 7 Se­ries?

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IIT WOULD SEEM THAT it’s all about find­ing niches to fill these days and one look at the cur­rent BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi line-ups ably demon­strates this. These not-quite-core mod­els are some­times de­rided and BMW’s 5-se­ries GT was one such ma­chine. So it may have come as some­thing of a sur­prise that it’s reimag­ined the model and moved it a lit­tle fur­ther up­mar­ket with a 6 Se­ries moniker. In truth it’s re­ally aimed at buy­ers in China, South Korea and In­dia where it will take on the long wheel­base E-Class.

The pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion of this car – the 5 Se­ries GT – was of­ten lam­basted for its gawky styling and while the 6 Se­ries ver­sion hasn’t quite pulled off the ugly duck­ling meta­mor­pho­sis, it makes a pass­able at­tempt at a swan. Over­all it’s 21mm lower than be­fore, and per­haps most cru­cially the rear end is 64mm lower and along with the in­crease in length by 87mm the over­all shape is sleeker than be­fore. Its main ri­val, the Audi A7 Sport­back does look bet­ter re­solved but the 6GT does of­fer more than the A7 in terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion and equip­ment.

On the road seen in amongst other traf­fic the GT doesn’t look overly large and hides its bulk well, the less in­tim­i­dat­ing kid­ney grilles (they’re more akin to the 5 Se­ries than the 7 Se­ries’ overly large nostrils) help here. There’s some neat de­tail­ing too, the LED rear lights are strongly sculpted while the ‘Icon’ BMW LED head­lights re­tain the fam­ily look.

It’s in­side that BMW has re­ally con­cen­trated it ef­forts and the over­all ar­chi­tec­ture is shared with the Five and the Seven which are now at the top of their game. The 10.25-inch monitor can be used as a touch­screen or with the iDrive con­troller and the Pro­fes­sional Mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem is sec­ond to none be­ing both in­tu­itive and in­for­ma­tive.

There’s a feel­ing of space that you don’t quite get with a 5 Se­ries and those in the rear have plenty of head room while the longer wheel­base over a Five en­sures there’s acres of leg room too. Boot space is huge – 610-litres with the seats up, 1800 with them folded. There are a raft of op­tions to choose from – ven­ti­lated, mas­sag­ing seats, ges­ture con­trol,

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