Business Traveller (India) - - INDIA CAR REPORT 2018 -

Spa­cious and ver­sa­tile are words that can best de­scribe the Ger­man car­maker’s first-ever BMW 6 Se­ries Grand Turismo, a strik­ing stand­alone con­cept. The car is in­stantly recog­nis­able by its slick, con­tem­po­rary de­sign, with its dis­tinc­tive elon­gated bon­net, coupé-style roofline and a large, sporty tail­gate, in ad­di­tion to its strik­ing rear spoiler, which adds a nice de­sign touch. The car is pow­ered by a two-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine (BMW 630i) de­liv­er­ing an out­put of 190 hp. It can go from 0-100 kmph in no more than 6.3 sec­onds. Gear shift­ing is seam­less thanks to the 8-speed Step­tronic Sport Au­to­matic Trans­mis­sion, while driv­ing is smooth as silk thanks to the self-ex­plana­tory BMW Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol, where a driver can shift be­tween dif­fer­ent drive modes to max­imise the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence — Sport, Com­fort, Com­fort +, Eco Pro and Adap­tive. Innovation is at the fore­front with this car thanks to the car­maker’s cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy. A case in point is the BMW Ges­ture Con­trol, which recog­nises six pre-de­fined hand move­ments, to con­trol dif­fer­ent func­tions. Then there is the amaz­ing BMW Dis­play key, which in­di­cates fuel level and in­for­ma­tion on doors, win­dows and the panoramic sun­roof. While the car’s front seat perks are al­ready so lux­u­ri­ous, back seat rid­ers can en­joy the Rear-Seat En­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with two 10.2-inch colour screens, with mul­ti­ple con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions.

Safety and se­cu­rity fea­tures in­clude BMW’s Anti-lock brak­ing, side-im­pact pro­tec­tion, dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol and dy­namic trac­tion con­trol. The first-ever BMW 6 Se­ries Gran Turismo is avail­able in a petrol vari­ant, the BMW 630i Gran Turismo Sport Line, which is lo­cally-pro­duced. The diesel vari­ant for the first-ever BMW 6 Se­ries Gran Turismo will be launched later in 2018.

BMW Group has de­liv­ered its finest per­for­mance in In­dia till date in 2017 with all three brands – BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad. BMW Group In­dia de­liv­ered 9,800 cars (BMW + MINI) in 2017, reg­is­ter­ing a growth of 25% as com­pared to 2016. BMW In­dia, by it­self, sold 9,379 cars in 2017

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