German luxury car maker BMW on Thursday rolled out the company's locally assembled Sports Utility Vehicle, X5 from its Chennai based facility.
BMW X5, a car which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 and launched in the country on 29 May is priced at ₹70.9 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and is available only in diesel engine option.
Under the hood, the new BMW X5 packs 3-litre inline six cylinder diesel motor, which can churn out 258 PS of max power and a peak torque of 560 Nm mated to ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. Offering a top speed of 250 kmph, the new X5 can accelerate 0-100kmph in 6.9 seconds.
The delivery of the new X5 will be starting in the country by the end of June. Currently, the car enjoys a waiting period of three months in the domestic market due to the heavy demand and the company is also looking at increasing the production of the vehicle.
"The all-new BMW X5 takes things to a new level with more sportiness, spaciousness and comfort, offering customers a 'luxury all-roader' that meets the most exacting and varied demands. The third generation BMW X5 has received tremendous customer response and excitement since it was first displayed at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. In fact, the first customer booking for the all-new BMW X5 was received at the expo itself. We might also consider ramping up the production to meet the huge demand in the Indian market," ZigWheels quoted Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India.
Talking of the style and design of the new 2014 BMW X5, the car has received stylish upgrades both inside and outside and comes with the latest iDrive Touch Controller. Flaunting a new grille and headlights, the X5 offers safety features like six air bags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor.
In India, the car is pegged against the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes Benz GL Class and will be available in five paint jobs - Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect, Space Grey and Sparkling Brown.
Recently, BMW launched M6 Gran Coupé in India with a price tag of ₹1.75 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). The petrol-powered performance oriented four door coupe is based on M5 sedan platform and comes with two twin-scroll turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine, which can churn out a power of 560 PS between 6,000 to 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 680 Nm at 1,500 - 5,750 rpm. The engine is mated to seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and can accelerate 0 - 100kmph in 4.2 seconds.