Unveiled: 2016 BMW 6 SeriesSophisticated coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe get a facelift.

A subtly refreshed version of BMW’s sleek 6 Series was revealed ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with updated styling, added features and further differentiation of the four-door Gran Coupe.

As before, the 2016 BMW 6 Series will be available in three body styles: coupe, convertible, and the four-door Gran Coupe. Exterior changes on all models include a tweaked version of BMW’s signature kidney grille, which uses nine vertical bars on each side instead of ten. While this might seem insignificant, BMW says the new design makes for better aerodynamics, and in turn, better fuel economy. Redesigned side mirrors with integrated turn signals also make the large coupe slip through the air more easily.

Updated adaptive LED headlights now come standard on all models. In back, a new rear apron makes the 6 Series’ backend look wider. Six-cylinder models also get larger tailpipe tips. On Gran Coupe models, unique rear window surrounds debut, as well as a Gran Coupe logo stamped on to the rear window.

New options include a Black Accent package, which uses a high-gloss black paint for the front grill bars and exhaust tips, as well as unique 19-inch wheels and two-tone leather interior in cognac and black. The M Sport Edition features an M body kit, 20-inch M-style wheels, an M sport steering wheel and a leather-covered dash. Two-tone interior trim also becomes optional on all models.

The same engine choices will power the 2016 BMW 6 Series models and include the 640i’s 315-horsepower turbocharged inline-six and the 650i’s 445-hp V8. All models come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Although EPA fuel economy numbers haven’t been announced for the 2016 BMW 6 Series lineup, BMW claims its improvements in aerodynamics have reduced fuel consumption in European testing. The outgoing 6 Series isn’t exactly frugal, ranging from 21/32 mpg City/Highway for the 640i coupe to 16/25 mpg City/Highway for 650i xDrive convertible and Gran Coupe models.

The 2016 BMW 6 Series lineup is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2015. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect a modest price bump over the previous model, which starts at $76,100.

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