BMW rolled out the first ever 6 Series Gran Turismo built locally at their plant in Chennai, India. This car made a debut at the Auto Expo 2018 earlier this month, and is available across all BMW showrooms.
With this, the locally built product portfolio for BMW includes the 3 Series, 3 Series Gran Turismo, 5 Series, 6 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series, X1, X3 and X5. BMW will soon begin local assemble of the new Mini Countryman as well. BMW terms this approach of theirs as ‘Production follows the market’.
Over the past few years, BMW has increased localization program here in India bringing new German luxury cars at an affordable price. This is in sync with the governments Make-in-India initiative. The Chennai plant includes localization of around 50%.
At the Auto Expo 2018, BMW launched the 6 Series Gran Turismo only in a petrol variant. The diesel option is yet to be announced, but the launch is confirmed for later in 2018. The 6 Series GT petrol has been priced at INR 58.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
The 6 Series GT is powered by a 2.0L, 4-cylinder petrol engine for the 630i producing 258 HP of power and 400 Nm of torque matched to an 8-speed automatic gearbox resulting in a 0 to 100 kmph in 6.3 seconds.
Currently, the BMW 630i Gran Turismo Sport Line is the only variant on offer.