BMW India, the completely owned subsidiary of the foremost luxury car brand from Germany has introduced the facelifted version of its premium vehicle BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. In the year 2013, it had received a few cosmetic tweaks to its exteriors. Now again, the company has updated its exteriors making it sleek yet bold in its class. It gets new set of LED headlamps along with a refined radiator grille and a revised front bumper. This latest version now gets full LED lights as standard fitment, which emphasizes its refreshing new appearance. The design of the side and rear facets seems to be the same, but the updated alloy wheels gives it an extraordinary appeal. The manufacturer made no changes to the interior design, but has covered the seats with two-tone leather upholstery. Apart from this, all its other features are retained from the outgoing model. This vehicle has been brought to the country via CBU route, which makes it a little expensive. However, this may not affect its sales, since it is one of the most desired four wheelers built by company. It is now made available in four new exterior paints like Cashmere Silver, Melbourne Red, Mediterranean Blue and Glacier Silver. Currently, this vehicle is introduced in two trims, which are 640d Eminence and a 640d Design Pure Experience. Both are powered by the same 3.0-litre, six cylinder diesel engine, whose transmission duties are handled by the 8-speed steptronic sports automatic transmission gearbox. It reaches a 100 kmph speed mark in just 5.4 seconds, which is rather astounding. The manufacturer has bestowed this vehicle with a slew of sophisticated comfort including a powerful automatic AC unit, electrically adjustable seats and an infotainment system, which contributes for a pleasurable traveling experience. Its internal cabin is made using premium grade leather, especially to its dashboard, central console and roof lining. Like its earlier version, customers can choose between two interior color schemes, while fine-brushed aluminum accents comes as standard feature. On the other hand, the manufacturer is also offering some of the optional elements like 'Night Vision' pedestrian recognition , soft close function for doors along with Bang and Olufsen high-end surround sound. At the same time, it is also available with a BMW Head-up display as an optional feature, which makes driving even exciting. This vehicle also gets a superior 'driving experience control system' featuring four different modes like ECOPRO, Comfort, Comfort+ and Sport which influence functionality of different aspects including brakes, accelerator and transmission to improve the overall performance and fuel efficiency. This vehicle is currently positioned against the likes of Jaguar XF, Audi RS7 and Mercedes Benz S Class in the high end luxury car segment of India.
There are noticeable changes made to the exteriors of this vehicle, which makes it appear refreshing. It gets a modified front bumper with wider air intake section featuring chrome accents. The kidney bean shaped grille has been pronounced and is treated with a lot of chrome. Furthermore, it is designed with a total of nine slats instead of 10 in the previous version. Its top end version is blessed with an exclusive character package that includes high gloss black decorative moldings in rear bumper and on the radiator grille. The design of the headlight cluster is the same, but it gets LED lamps along with black accents that renders it a bold outlook. Its bonnet also gets some tweaks with redesigned lines that highlights its aerodynamic stance. Its elegant frontage is complimented by the iconic BMW logo embedded above the radiator grille. The design of its side facet remains to be unchanged, but its fenders are now fitted with newly designed rims. Here, it has a sleek window frame, wherein the frames are garnished in metal and the B pillars are done up in high gloss black. It has beautiful ORVM caps that are further integrated with turn blinkers. Apart from minor tweaks, its rear facet remains mostly similar to its predecessor. Its tailgate is now blessed with an improved LED lighting that dazzles this facet. The rear bumper too gets an update with modified lower cladding and exhaust pipes. The tailgate is the same and is embedded with the company’s logo.
There are slight modifications done to its external dimensions as a result of which, its total width has been increased to 2090mm (including the outside rear mirrors). However, its overall length remains to be the same with 5007mm and a height standing at just 1392mm. It has a minimum ground clearance of just 127mm, which is quite low. This gran coupe also has a very long wheelbase of 2968mm that explains about the cabin space.
Ed's take : The interiors of the 6 Series is good and well built. The fit and finish is great, however it is just fine when it comes to luxury.
It has a spectacular internal cabin made with finest material. There is no change in its internal design, but its color scheme has been changed. The manufacturer has also changed the leather upholstery to provide a fresh new look. While the high end is available with an option to choose between Dakota leather and a two tone Nappa leather upholstery to personalize the cabin. Additionally, buyers can also choose its color scheme to make the cabin beautiful. This model has a sublime cockpit section furnished with comfortable seats. They have electrical adjustment facility along with lumbar support for better comfort. In addition to this, the top end version gets these well cushioned seats along with the steering wheel with memory setting. The company has fitted it with an electric glass roof that offers a pleasant driving experience. One of the most attractive aspect of the cabin is its artistically sculptured dashboard that is equipped with a large central console along with number of advanced equipments. It also houses a large instrument cluster featuring a 26cm multi functional display that also includes an individual character design for drive modes. The steering wheel design has been retained, but is now covered with a new dual tone leather upholstery. At the same time, it is also housed with illuminated control switches of calls and audio along with paddle shifters. It has a massive central console extends all the way from dashboard to the rear. It houses an innovative functions and equipments like BMW driving experience control system, iDrive touch control, gearshift lever and various other such aspects. This console also houses a proficient air conditioning unit along with an infotainment unit, which are easy to operate. Like its earlier version, its instrument cluster has the same design with four round shaped meters that display informatics like fuel levels, speedometer, tachometer and several other notification lamps. Apart from these, the manufacturer has placed several essential utilities like a large glove box unit, dual front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror, drink holders, individual armrest for front seats and foldable rear seat back.
Now, it is available in two trims among which, the top end trim is bestowed with comfort electric seats featuring extended functions including memory setting. This vehicle has a beautifully designed cabin, whose elegance is accentuated by ambient lighting with mood lights. Its dashboard houses a fully automatic 4-zone air conditioning with climate control function, which regulates the air temperature along with its quality. Its advanced cruise control is another feature that assures a pleasurable driving experience by dealing with the obstacles ahead. Apart from these, there are various innovative comfort elements provided inside like interior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function, lumbar support for front seats, smokers package, an electric power assisted steering, engine start/stop button and roller sun blinds for rear and side windows. This vehicle also has a Park Distance Control including a rear camera that offers visual and acoustic signals, which makes it convenient to park this coupe.
There are minor updates made to its interior dimensions that further improve the cabin space. Its cockpit now has a headroom of 1030mm and the rear cabin has it about 941mm. The shoulder space in front and rear cabin is measured at 1517mm and 1454mm respectively. This vehicle has a massive boot volume of 460 litres, whose capacity can be increased further by folding the rear seat back in desired split ratio. Besides this, it also gets a large 70-litre, which determines the range of mileage.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's take : The BMW 6 Series with a V8 engine is certainly quick and definitely one of the quickest in its segment. There is also the Grand Coupe, which is a four-door version of the 6 Series.
Its transmission duties are handled by the 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission gearbox that sends out torque to all four wheels. This vehicle can reach an electronically regulated top speed of 250 kmph. It can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in approximately 5.6 seconds.
Engine and Performance
Ed's take : The engine and performance of the 6 Series, Convertible and even the Grand Coupe is as good as any luxury car. While that for an M6 is just phenomenal.
The 6-cylinder power plant is the same 3.0-litre, in-line motor that has a displacement capacity of 2993cc integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. A multi-stage turbo charging unit features variable turbine geometry. This enables in generating a maximum power of 313bhp at 4400rpm that yields in a hammering torque output of 630Nm between 1500 to 2500rpm. The car maker has paired it with a sophisticated 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gearbox. It collaborates with the advanced BMW Driving Experience Control function to provide an unmatched driving experience. In addition to this, it also has an automatic start/stop button that switches off the engine automatically when this coupe is at standstill.
Ed's take : An M division BMW is all about power and outright performance and handling, fuel efficient is the least concern for a buyer. But the recent downsizing of the engine has helped to increase the fuel efficiency of the M6. The regular 6 Series is also fuel-efficient.
Both the options are fitted with V6 oil-burner that received no modifications to its specifications. It is integrated with a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. This mill enables the vehicle to produce a minimum of 14.7 Kmpl on city roads that goes up to a maximum of 17.54 kmpl on highways.
Power of BMW 6 Series
Ed's tale : The M6 is powerful on paper and this is a front engine, rear wheel drive car. This is certainly great, even the conventional 6 Series is quick.
Like mentioned above, this series is powered by the same six cylindered motor that is based on DOHC valve configuration. It is integrated with a twin-power turbo charging unit unleashing a maximum power of 313bhp that yields in a commanding torque output of 630Nm.
Stereo & Accessories
Ed's take : The 6 Series and M6 can be customised as per the client’s need and one can add several embellishments from the thousands of options that are available.
The automaker continue to offer sophisticated BMW ConnectDrive aspects which includes various software applications, BMW live and connectivity support for Bluetooth and USB devices. Besides, it also offers an extended Bluetooth function for audio streaming, office function, voice control, and contact photo display. An DVD player with six disc changer along with an iDrive unit has a 25.9CM color display accompanied by a hard drive for storage of audio files and maps. This also supports navigation with 3D maps. At the same time, it also provides visual aid for parking. Optional features like a 600W Harman Kardon surround sound system and a Bang and Olufsen high-end surround sound can be availed.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's take : BMWs are called as the Ultimate Driving Machine and the 6 Series is good handler. The M6 is a bit stiffer and leaps and bounds ahead of the 6 Series in driving dynamics.
The car maker has retained its braking mechanism by fitting all its four wheels with a set of internally vented disc brakes. They are further loaded with high quality superior quality brake calipers for unmatched braking performance. In addition to this, it has an anti lock braking system and brake assist. In terms of suspension, both the front and rear axles are fitted with Dynamic Damper Control with infinite and independent damping mechanism. It can deal with all the jerks caused on roads and provides a pleasurable traveling experience. An advanced electromechanical power steering with servotronic steering assist is activated only when it is needed.
Safety & Security
Ed's take : The 6 Series come loaded with several safety features as one will expect in a luxury vehicle.
It has active protection with attentiveness assistant that analyses the driving data and alerts the driver in critical driving situation. The manufacturer has also incorporated a total of eight airbags along with three point ELR seat belts for front and rear passengers, which safeguards all the occupants in case of any accident. Additionally, it has active head restraints, cornering brake control, ABS with EBD, electric parking brake with auto hold function, dynamic stability control including traction control and ISOFIX child seat mounting. Furthermore, it also has warning triangle with first aid kit, runflat tyres with reinforced side walls, side impact protection, an electronic immobilizer and crash sensor.
Both trims are available with an option to choose between 19 inch 'Star Spoke' and 'V Spoke' design alloy wheels. Its top end is also available with 19 inch 'W Spoke' design rims, which renders it an astounding appeal.
1. Refurbished exterior design is stunning.
2. BMW Driving Experience Control is its big plus.
3. Safety specs are at par with other competitors.
4. Inclusion of memory function to seats add to its advantage.
5. Acceleration and pickup is rather impressive.
1. There are no updates given to the mill.
2. Boot compartment is not as spacious as other contenders.
3. Initial cost of ownership is very expensive.
4. Bang and Olufsen sound system can be given as a standard feature.
5. More updates can be given to interior design.
BMW 6 Series price
|640d Eminence |
|1.15 Cr ||1.15 Cr ||1.15 Cr ||1.17 Cr ||1.21 Cr ||1.15 Cr ||1.15 Cr
|640d Design Pure Experience |
|1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.24 Cr ||1.29 Cr ||1.22 Cr ||1.22 Cr