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Locally assembled BMW X5 rolls out in India

Snapshot: The overwhelming response for the X5, has pushed the waiting period to up to three months.

BMW India have rolled out the diesel variant of the locally assembled X5 from its facility in Chennai at an ex-showroom price of Rs 70.90 lakh. The Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was launched in the country on May 29 in the presence of iconic cricketer and BMW’s brand ambassador, Sachin Tendulkar. The deliveries of the third generation X5 are scheduled to begin in the first week of July and the waiting period on the SAV is reported to be around three months. 

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 than 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. 

The 2014 BMW X5, which is in its third generation is only available in India in the diesel guise: xDriver30d and comes powered by a 3.0-litre in-line, six-cylinder diesel engine that is rated at 265PS and 560Nm. The engine is coupled to an 8-Speed ZF automatic transmission, which sends power to all wheels. The X5 is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in under seven seconds before hitting a top speed of 230 kmph. 

“The third generation BMW X5 has received tremendous customer response and excitement since it was first displayed at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show.” BMW Group India president, Philipp von Sahr said. 

“The team at the facility will build the all-new X5 with uncompromising engineering. We are confident that the BMW X5 produced in Chennai will further increase our momentum in the Indian luxury car segment.” said Robert Frittrang, managing director of BMW India’s Chennai plant. 

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