BMW has revealed the new 6 Series Gran Turismo ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show this coming September.
Formerly known as the 5 Series GT, the renamed and refreshed version sees a height reduction of 21 mm, while the rear end has been lowered by 64 mm. The vehicle length has been increased by 87 mm while the width remains the same.
BMW designers say the revised proportions have helped bring the Cd drag coefficient from 0.29 on the outgoing model to 0.25 on the new car. A 115 kg weight cut has also improved fuel consumption, with emissions claimed to have been reduced by over 15 per cent.
Despite a reduction in exterior height, the new car’s interior cabin offers more headroom and boot capacity than the old 5 Series GT. Rear-seat backrests are 40:20:40 split-folding by means of a remote release system in the boot and, behind them, the boot area can accommodate a total of 610 litres (up 110 litres on the 5 Series GT) and 1,800 litres when the backrests are folded down (up 100 litres). The vehicle also features a one-piece electrically operated tailgate, while the boot sill has been lowered by more than five centimetres and is now flush with the floor for improved loading capability.
In terms of power, the 6 Series GT will be offered with a choice of three engines while the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available in two of the three variants in the model line-up.
The new model is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in November.