Love the BMW 5-series but find the long-wheelbase new Merc E-class’ space hard to look beyond? BMW might have just the car for you in its new 6GT.
Remember the last-gen BMW 5-series Gran Turismo? If you don’t, you aren’t alone. Developed to complement the standard 5-series sedan, the 5GT promised to offer all that the 5 was renowned for in a more luxurious and spacious package. Trouble was BMW found few takers for the 5GT’s oddball design, and even in India, sales were limited at best. That car’s replacement is the focus of this road test. It’s been branded the 6GT to help define its position in the BMW range, and in India it’s a model that will help its maker take the fight to Mercedes-Benz and the hugely popular long-wheelbase E-class. Yes, BMW already had the 5-series for the job, but with the 6GT, it now has two distinct offerings within the same price band, effectively sandwiching the Merc. BMW is confident its strategy will pay off and has even commenced local assembly for the 6GT to keep prices competitive; competitive being the operative word. Because at Rs 60.8 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the sole version of the 6GT is pricier than the four-cylinder versions of the 5 and the E by upwards of Rs 4 lakh.
Is the 6GT worth the stretch in terms of size and price is what we want to find out.