New Delhi, May 16: BMW launches the fourth-generation of the X5 SUV in India at a starting price of Rs 72.90 lakh; the two higher variants cost Rs 82.40 lakh.
The company previously said that in 2019, it will launch 12 new models in India and the new-gen X5 is one among them.
The BMW X5, which is locally assembled at BMW India's plant in Chennai, is available with petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variant comes only in the M Sport variant, while the diesel will be offered in Sport and xLine trims.
While BMW dealerships will have the diesel X5 in stock from today, the petrol models will be available later in 2019.
In terms of design, the new BMW X5 features a restyled front bumper with a larger kidney design grille, new headlights and LED daytime running lights
At the rear part, the new X5 has a sports chunk LED tail-lights and a restyled rear bumper. The M Sport pack for the petrol model adds more aggressive design themes.
Mechanically, the next-gen model can be had with either a 265hp/620Nm, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine in the X5 xDrive30d or with a 340hp/450Nm, 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine in the xDrive40i.
The engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that transmits power to all four corners via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, along with adaptive air suspension, which is the standard kit. A point to note: the petrol engine is BS6-compliant.
BMW offers three metallic exterior finishes on the new X5 - Phytonic Blue, Mineral White, and Black Sapphire - and five interior upholstery options made from leather - Ivory White, Black & Coffee, Black & Cognac, Black and Black and Black.
The new X5 is also larger than its previous model in every dimension, which translates to increased interior space. The 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats helps boot space expand from 650 litres to 1,870 litres.
When compared to the previous-gen model, the interior has got a major update as it has an all-new dashboard layout which features two 12.3-inch digital screens. One of the screens replaces the analogue instrument cluster from the outgoing model with a fully digital unit. The other screen is the infotainment touchscreen display, which has also been updated.
The new X5 also features BMW's Parking Assistant Plus which allows the SUV to self-park. In the premium luxury SUV segment, this feature has become very common.
The previous BMW X5 last received a major update back in 2014 as it was lagging behind rivals like the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLE and the Land Rover Discovery.
The next-gen X5 comes with a two-year standard warranty package which will help BMW to achieve supremacy in this segment.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
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