THERE’S a new kid in BMW town. Actually it’s a big kid, a really big kid, and it’s loaded with features and standard equipment. BMW Australia has today confirmed an additional member of the 6 Series Gran Turismo family, the 620d GT.
Expanding the 6 Series GT range to three, the 2019 BMW 620d GT introduces a fresh entry point to the 6 Series range, and is priced from $99,900 plus on-roads. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine.
Presenting a good combination of performance, response and efficiency, the power plant generates 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque, and is capable of 0-100km/h in only 7.9 seconds. It will hit the Australian market in October.
“The 620d looks elegant with the standard Luxury Line, while providing a step-up in specification and space over the 520d. It’s a fantastic introduction to the 6 Series Gran Turismo range,” BMW Australia CEO Marc Werner said.
The standard swag is impressive too. Rear air suspension, a panoramic glass sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, high beam assist, 19-inch light alloy wheels and automatic tailgate are all offered as standard.
It also has a HUD, active cruise control with stop and go, front and rear cross traffic warnings, evasion aid, steering and lane control assist, rear collision prevention, lane keep assist, side collision prevention and a crossroads warning system.
We could go on and on, the specification list is that impressive. Suffice to say it’s got everything but the kitchen sink in it, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better entry point vehicle in the BMW range.
In other motoring news from BMW, the company’s German head office has announced the signing of a 50:50 joint venture partnership with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor, to produce MINI electric vehicles in China.
To be known as Spotlight Automotive Limited, the new joint venture will will also produce electric vehicles for Great Wall Motor. The new brand will be located in Jiangsu Province, where both partners will work together to create a new state-of-the-art production facility.
The production of future battery-electric MINI vehicles in China, the world’s largest market for electro-mobility, is a key element of MINI’s continued strategic development, and is in addition to battery electric MINIs being built in Oxford from next year.