Facelifted BMW X5 launched


BMW have launched the facelifted version of their popular X5 SUV in India. The car is available as a CBU and is priced at Rs 52.99 lakh for the X5 xDrive30d and Rs 69.5 lakh for the X5 xDrive50i, all India ex-showroom.

The new X5 features a larger front and rear surface area, new L-shaped tail-lights and smaller aero changes. A new brake regeneration technology as well as a new 8-speed automatic is part of the technical changes. The twin turbo petrol V8 found on the X6 is now offered on the X5 and produces 407 bhp to help it accelerate from 0-100 kph in 5.5 seconds. The diesel with 245 bhp can do the same in 7.6 seconds.

In 2009 BMW sold 287 units of the X5. So far, in 2010, BMW has sold 3301 cars from jan to august for all models (CBUs and CKDs). That is more than for the whole year of 2009.

BMW will enhance its investment to Rs 180 crore by 2012 and has recently expanded its production capacity at its Chennai plant to 5400 units. BMW is looking to further expand its capacity and is looking to double its plant size from 21 acres to 40 acres.

The dealerships are being expanded from 18 to 22. Dealerships are being opened in Surat, Indore, Bhubaneshwar among others. Over 40 per cent of BMW sales come from NCR region alone and over 70 per cent from Mumbai and NCR.