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BMW's Most Forgotten Model Is Getting A Facelift

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Should BMW even bother?

After the 6 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe were replaced by the 8 Series, the only 6 Series left was the much-maligned 6 Series Gran Turismo. This quasi-SUV/sedan model replaced the equally awkward 5 Series GT back in 2017 and it was quickly discontinued in the United States. That's because the 6 Series GT was never a hot seller for BMW. The company only sold 3,762 of them in 2018 and is on pace to sell less than half as many in 2019, with sales only registering in the double digits over the last six months.

For comparison, BMW managed to sell 6,862 examples of the equally-niche X6 in 2018 (and 3,683 through 11 months in 2019), even though a brand-new model was recently revealed and is just arriving at US dealers. The 5 Series sedan, which is a more mainstream model, even outsold an entire year of the 6 Series GT in a single month.

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The 6 Series GT is a niche model undeserving of much fanfare but BMW is clearly hoping that a facelift will help it sell a few more of them. We spotted a camouflaged 6 Series GT testing a few months ago and now our spy photographers have captured more detailed images of the facelifted car. Like the 5 Series, which will also receive a facelift for 2021, the 6 Series GT will get a new grille design and slimmer headlights. Around back, the changes appear to be minimal but the bumper should be slightly revised.

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Since we never felt the 6 Series GT was an attractive car, these minor updates likely won't do much to change our opinion of it. And since BMW has removed all mention of the 6 Series on its US website, we doubt these changes will be offered here.

On the inside, the changes should also be minimal with a larger infotainment screen housing BMW's latest iDrive 7.0 infotainment system. As for the engine options, the 6 Series GT was only offered with a 335 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder but other engines may continue to be offered in other markets.

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