BMW India has rolled out the all-new X5 SUV in to the Indian market today with prices starting at Rs 70.90 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi.) This is the third-generation model that pioneered the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and was seen for the first time at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and then, at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show in India earlier this year.
At the moment, the 2014 BMW X5 will be offered in only two trim levels and one engine option: a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel unit that is able to churn out 258PS of max power and 559Nm of peak torque. The unit comes mated to the ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The 3.0-litre unit in the new X5 has been tweaked to offer 19 per cent more fuel efficiency, while the CO2 emission levels have been reduced by 33g/km - despite the increase in power and torque numbers by 13PS and 20Nm respectively. A 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is also expected to join the range of engine options at a later stage.
Visually, the new X5 has received styling updates in the form of a prominent kidney grille with chrome garnish and LED headlamps at the front, while at the back features the tall glasshouse, which has been carried from the original E53 model that was launched in 1999 and the second generation E70 model that came in 2008. Other notable exterior features include, short overhangs, long wheelbase, upright A-Pillars and a short distance between the front axle and the instrument panel.
Dimensionally, the new X5 now measures 4,886mm in length, 1,938mm in width and 1,762mm in height making it longer, wider and taller that its predecessor. The change in dimensions however, has not affected the weight or dynamics of the new X5. In fact, the new X5 weighs 88 kg lighter and is said to be more aerodynamic than the out-going model.
BMW India had discontinued the X5 in the country last year due to unexciting sales. However, the new X5 with revamped exteriors, interiors and technical updates, and also with the addition of two more seats (optional) could appeal to the Indian customers this time around.