BMW’s approach to this car’s redesign looks more like an evolution than the wholesale reboot you might have imagined was required.
You’d describe the new car as much less odd-looking than its forebear, but this is still a car of deeply challenging visual proportions, one that fails to produce a tellingly elegant impression or to make much of a virtue of its outward appearance.
Given that it’s in competition with cars that achieve that last feat so plainly, that’s a problem.
In a more rational sense, though, the 6 Series GT doesn’t struggle nearly as much for appeal. With the same 3070mm wheelbase as a current 7 Series saloon, the new 6 Series betters the already generous levels of passenger accommodation of the 5 Series GT as well as improving on that car’s boot space by some 110 litres.
BMW’s Cluster Architecture platform underneath the car mixes high-strength steel with aluminium and makes for an average 150kg weight-saving for the car compared with its predecessor. On the outside, its ‘liftback’ hatchback, doors and bonnet are aluminium too.