BMW this week revealed a car and Jaguar also revealed a car and they will compete for buyers looking for space and luxury and a premium badge. Nothing strange with that, BMW and Jaguar are after all competing carmakers; however, what is strange is that Coventry’s new XF Sportbrake, which is marketing speak for ‘Estate’, is going head to head with a 6 Series.
Hang on, aren’t those coupés and convertibles? They were, except BMW seems to have forgotten its 6 Series legacy dating back to Paul Bracq’s iconic ‘Shark’ design of the Eighties, and gone and turned the latest one into some kind of crossover slash estate thing.
Munich barely offers an explanation for turning the 6 Series into this new 6 Series Gran Turismo, and effectively replacing the old 5 Series Gran Turismo with it. What’s next, an X6 Cabriolet? Oh no, we’re giving them ideas…
BMW will offer the 6 Series Gran Turismo in a choice of 12 exterior colours, with wheels ranging from 19in to 21in in diameter, and three available packages including the M Sport pack which includes an more aggressive aero body kit, complete with spoilers and diffusers and fins.
Based on the tech undermining the latest G30 generation 5 Series, this new model will launch in all-wheel drive 640i xDrive guise featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine making 335bhp for 0-100kph in 5.1 seconds. In terms of kit the car’s loaded, with automatic parking tech and even remote parking like the 7 Series.
Jaguar meanwhile took a much more restrained direction with its stylish 5 Series rival, or 6 Series rival now… The XF Sportbrake features all-wheel drive and offers 565 litres of cargo space in the back while the rear seats remain up.
The British carmaker also claims impressive aerodynamic properties (0.29 drag coefficient) and a towing ability of 2,000kg without qualms thanks in part to a ride-improving self-levelling rear suspension. So far Jaguar says the only engines available from launch will include four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged power plant options, just like you get nowadays in everything from the Range Rover Evoque to the Jag F-Type in Tata’s stable, before presumably the V6 options arrive to join the range.