A BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car is displayed at Auto China 2014 in Beijing
A BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car is displayed at Auto China 2014 in BeijingReuters

It's just a couple of weeks back BMW launched its locally assembled Sports Utility Vehicle X5 in India with a price tag of ₹70.9 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Now the company has launched a new base variant of X5 in the domestic market.

Dubbed X5 Expedition, the new entry level variant of X5 has been priced at ₹64.9 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which is 6 lakh lesser than its other variant. It comes with the same engine specifications of its other model and is powered by 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 difference is in the features offered in the base variant. The Expedition model of X5 misses out on the features like 600W Harman Kardon system, BMW Apps, Navigation system, 26 cm infotainment display with DVD facility, hard drive storage, handwriting recognition, sports gearbox, paddle shifters, LED headlights and foglights and electric seat lumbar support. The car will not have the glossy finish on the front grille, reported RushLane.

The costly variant of X5 comes with the latest iDrive Touch Controller and 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 another development, BMW launched its all new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 sedan in India with a price tag of ₹1.35 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The car, a perfect combination of performance and style will be brought to India via the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route. It measures 5,079 mm in length, 1,902 mm in width, 1,471 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 3,070 mm. It is powered by an inline six cylinder engine, which is tuned to pump out 320 bhp of power and a peak torque of 450 Nm and the electric engine with TwinPower turbocharger is capable of producing a power of 55 hp and a torque of 210 Nm.