|As 2014 draws to an end, most global Automotive marques prepare for the New Year with a fresh gusto and new, updated variants. BMW is one of the first Premium marques to announce a new variant for the new year, the new 6 Series range. The new 6 Series is slated to be the main highlight for BMW at the upcoming NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) on 9 January. See our 2015 International Motor Shows and Auto Salons link for complete listings of major motor and auto shows. The previous 6 Series averaged 80,000 units in global sales during its 3-year lifespan, with Gran Coupe being the most popular.|
2015 BMW 6 Series to star at the North American International Auto Show
The next-generation BMW 6 Series will stick to the Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupé versions. Across the board, there’s revised external styling and interior refinements. A common theme is shared across the three versions, with emphasis on a powerful stance and the new LED headlights. The kidney grille now features nine bars (black on six-cylinder versions and matt aluminium for the V8s), instead of 10 bars previously. Also, there’s a single, full-width air intake in the new apron. Indicators are cut into the accent strip on top of the headlight units. There are also LED front foglights and the optional Adaptive LED headlights with anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant. Side profile of the 2015 6 Series range shares a rather similar outlook as the outgoing version, but there are the new-styled side mirrors and new 18-inch wheels. Option of new 20-inch wheels is valid for the 2015 6 Series.
At the rear, the 6 Series appears wider thanks to a new horizontal chrome bumper insert. Six-cylinder versions also have 10mm larger chrome tailpipe embellishers in enlarged cut-outs.
Moving to the inside, the standard leather dashboard with contrast stitching; previously only valid for the 6 Series M version. There is now a modern, stylish high-gloss black finish on the center console around the switches for the climate control system and audio system. This contemporary look complements the iDrive system’s more precise Control Display with its chromed surround, the new multi-functional instrument panel and LED lights to illuminate the footwells, door openings and glovebox.
For upholstery, there are three standard options, either Dakota, Nappa or Merino leather for the UK market. The Nappa leather is now offered with two bi-color options: Ivory White with Black or Cognac with Black.
The BMW ConnectedDrive, which enables a myriad of in-car functions, is now paired to the HUD (Heads-up Display). Meanwhile, the backlighting of the new multifunction information display now changes color according to which driving mode, Comfort, Eco Pro or Sport, has been selected via the Driving Experience Control switch.
All three body styles are available with a choice of BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder and V8 engines, that are paired to an 8-speed transmission. The 3.0-litdf 313hp turbodiesel engine in the 640d and the similar-capacity 320hp petrol engine in 640i versions are now more fuel-efficient thanks to the latest EfficientDynamics features and aerodynamic improvements. As a result, CO2 emissions are as low as 139g/km on the 640d SE Coupé. Even so, every 6 Series is able to comfortably achieve the 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds, while the top flights 4.4-liter V8 bi-turbo 650is and 560hp V8-engined M6 cars go a lot quicker.
2015 BMW 6 Series gets switchable valve sports exhaust for a more intense engine sound
All petrol versions have a sports exhaust system with a switchable valve to add a more intense engine soundtrack. Moreover, with features like Dynamic Damper Control, Active Drive and Integral Active Steering, owners are now able to create a made-to-measure driving experience. Suspension systems have also been reworked to ensure that trusty BMW handling and can now be personalized with options like Dynamic Damper Control, Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering.
A comprehensive list of driver assistance systems such as the Driving Assistant Plus with Active Cruise Control and Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning and Pedestrian and Collision Warning with Braking are standard fixtures across the 6 Series range.
The 2015 BMW 6 Series has five new metallic paint finishes: Jatoba, Cashmere Silver, Glacier Silver, Mediterranean Blue and Melbourne Red. The 6 Series goes on sale in the UK from 1 March 2015.