BMW may not have invented the idea of a premium four-door executive coupe but it could certainly be argued that they perfected it with this car, the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Elegant, beautifully finished and impressively efficient, it's one of the key choices on offer if you need something dynamically luxurious with four seats but have out-grown a full-sized Executive saloon and don't want anything limo-like. Here, we look at the cleverer, cleaner and smarter improved version that was launched in 2015. Is it a class leader from this era?
So you want a used luxury saloon. This thing is though, you don't want a boring one. One day perhaps, the time might be right for you to get something like a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes S-Class or an Audi A8. For now though, you'd like something just as smart and luxurious but more individual and dynamic. Something, perhaps, like this, BMW's 6 Series Gran Coupe, a car you'd ideally choose in its improved post-2015 facelifted form.
This Gran Coupe is a lengthened four-door version of BMW's more conventional two-door 6 Series Coupe and was first announced in 2012 to plug an important gap in the Munich maker's luxury line-up. Buyers who'd out-grown the brand's 5 Series Executive saloon and didn't want to go on into something limo-like were being lost to a new breed of more style-conscious Luxury segment models - cars like Mercedes' CLS-Class, Audi's A7 Sportback and Porsche's Panamera. The Bavarians had to do something.
This was it: for some, a stylised saloon; for others, a coupe with a little extra versatility. Whatever the perspective, buyers seemed enthused and this Gran Coupe soon became the most popular 6 Series bodystyle, quickly accounting for over half of 6 Series sales. The range gained a powerful M6 flagship variant shortly after launch and was even joined by a smaller stablemate, the 4 Series Gran Coupe, in mid-2014. By early 2015 though, this 'Six' was facing tougher competition from rejuvenated versions of all its main rivals. Hence the need for this improved model with its smarter looks, greater luxury, extra technology and improved efficiency. It sold until early 2018 and wasn't then replaced.