Opinion: Good riddance to the BMW 5 Series GT

New BMW 6 Series GT

The 6 Series GT is replacing the 5 Series GT, but can it find a place to sit comfortably in BMW’s range?

In Europe at least, the 5 Series GT represented a rare misstep for BMW.
Conceived as a fallback in case legislation, economic downturn or snowballing buyer-consciousness killed off the large SUV, the 5 GT has spent a lifecycle looking like the answer to a question that no one had asked.
BMW 6 Series GT to make debut at Frankfurt motor show
Beyond its frumpy appearance, part of the problem was its placement: who needed a car that was practically the length of a 7 Series with vast rear headroom but not a vast boot? The decision, then, to move the concept upmarket is understandable. In the headier atmosphere of the 6 Series’s reputation, the product might find customers more inclined to embrace the idea of an expensive liftback that’s neither a pure-blood tourer nor a full-blown X-car.
The positioning makes even more sense if BMW is intent on shuffling the rest of the 6 Series range into different line-ups, thus providing the badge with a properly resolved identity rather than its current status as a leftfield 5 Series appendage.
It’s likely to be aided in that respect by the divisive styling of the also-large X6, an SUV that car buyers tend either to embrace or wholly reject.
The 6 Series GT is plainly designed to avoid such contentiousness, but that guarantees nothing in a market still happily wedded to the traditional idea of saloon, tourer and high-riding SUV. The verdict then, not unsurprisingly, remains very much out.

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