Here’s something a little unexpected. A fleet of the new G32 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo (in M Sport trim) was just spotted by reader Manoj Prasad in Cyberjaya yesterday. Interestingly, the five- to six-car convoy came complete with proper Kedah registration plates, with these two being KEP 630 and KEP 6301. No prizes for guessing the variant, then.

More importantly though, the 6 GT could in fact be locally-assembled in Kulim, Kedah, which also explains the Kedah plates. It’s worth noting that the Gran Turismo is largely based on the G30 BMW 5 Series sedan (now CKD as well), and the 630i variant uses the same B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s also assembled at BMW’s engine assembly plant in Kulim. The only other Gran Turismo model to be locally-assembled in the past was the 3 Series GT.

To recap, the 6 GT is the direct successor to the previous 5 GT, and it’s a full 21 mm lower than before. It’s a big car, measuring 5,091 mm long, 1,902 mm wide, 1,538 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 3,070 mm – the 6 GT is 155 mm longer, 34 mm wider and 59 mm taller than the G30 5 Series.

The front fascia will be familiar to 5 Series owners, but the 6 GT has a more expressive headlight design. Full-LED headlights are standard, although adaptive units with three-dimensional “corona ring” light guides, variable light distribution and Selective Beam anti-dazzle high beam are optional. Its drag coefficient is 0.25 Cd (down from 0.29 Cd), thanks in part to Air Curtains, Air Breather vents and lower roofline. The rear spoiler automatically rises at speeds over 120 km/h.

Inside, much of it is the same as the 5 Series, so there’s a low dashboard, a freestanding centre iDrive display, a tall centre console and a digital instrument cluster that can be upgraded to a full widescreen display. There’s also the optional electrically-operated sunblinds for the rear side windows (5er’s is manual).

At the back, there are three full-sized seats, which BMW says can fit three child seats – although ISOFIX anchors are still only fitted to the outer seats. Those seats can be fitted with a electric reclining function, and refinement has been improved through the use of soundproofing in the roof, doors and rear headrests. There’s 610 litres of boot space with the seats up, or a whopping 110 litres more than before. With the seats down, volume shoots up to 1,800 litres.

For engine, the base 630i comes with the B48 2.0 litre four banger, producing 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque. That’s approximately six hp and 50 Nm more than the same unit that powers the 530i, and the 6 GT sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at between 6.2 and 6.6 litres per 100 km.

The range-topping 640i variant gets an inline-six petrol that makes 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque, dispatching the century sprint in 5.4 seconds, or 5.3 seconds with xDrive. The 630d however, gets a straight-six turbodiesel, developing 265 hp and 620 Nm. The oil burner will most likely be omitted for our market, but BMW’s engine assembly plant can in fact produce diesel engines.

For equipment, we will know the full Malaysian specification soon enough, so stay tuned. For now, would you consider getting the 6 Series Gran Turismo over the 5 Series?

GALLERY: G32 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo