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New BMW 6 Series GT facelift seen as axe falls in US

Autocar 2019-08-12 16:50:04

2020 model year revisions for the have been seen on a testing prototype - a few days after the model was dropped from sale in the US.

The rival is being withdrawn from the North American market alongside its sibling. The latter is no surprise given the 3 Series has now moved to a new generation, but it’s unlikely to be replaced.

The niche positioning of the 6 Series GT as neither has meant it’s struggled to find homes all over the world, but the SUV-focused US market has been particularly unkind. Just 65 examples found homes over there in July, compared to 3,800 over the same period.

By comparison, 428 examples were registered across Europe in July. A BMW UK spokesperson confirmed to Autocar that there are no plans to discontinue the 6 Series GT “within its lifecycle”.

The model, which shares parts of its underpinnings with the and saloons, is expected to get similar updates to its siblings (the ). That will mean external modifications to brings its styling into line, alongside technology upgrades including an updated iDrive operating system.

All petrol engines will receive emissions reducing upgrades including petrol particulate filters. 

There’s a likelihood a new plug-in hybrid variant could be brought in, too, as part of BMW’s ever-increasing electrification rollout. Expect more details to emerge prior to the car arriving some time next year. 

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