BMW developing 6-Series shooting brake?

July 31, 2014
A new report coming out of France finds BMW will introduce a shooting brake variant of the next-generation 6-Series.

Tentatively called 6-Series Gran Tourer, the rumored station wagon will fight head-to-head against the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake. It will be nearly identical to the next-gen 6 from the tip of the front bumper to the B-pillar. Beyond that, the family-focused 6 will gain a gently sloping roof line and a rakish hatch that will give it a muscular silhouette.

Like its Mercedes-badged rival, the 6 Gran Tourer will be offered with an optional wood-lined cargo floor. The rest of the cockpit will be essentially identical to the 6 Gran Coupe, meaning it will offer room for four passengers in a luxurious atmosphere with acres of premium leather upholstery, LED ambient lighting and real wood trim on the dashboard and on the door panels.

Automobile Magazine reports the Gran Tourer will feature an electric tailgate that will facilitate the task of loading and unloading bulky items. The 6-based wagon will be roomier than the second-generation Gran Coupe but its curved roof line will limit its cargo capacity.

Mechanically, the 6 Gran Tourer is expected to use the same six- and eight-cylinder mills that will be found in other variants of the next-gen 6-Series. A performance-focused M-tuned model aimed at the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake will likely round out the lineup later in the production run.

BMW has not commented on the report. If the rumor proves true, the BMW 6-Series Gran Tourer will hit showrooms across Europe in 2017 at the very earliest.

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