BMW India has rolled out the locally assembled third generation X5 SUV from its Indian manufacturing unit. Launched on May 29, 2014, the deliveries for the SUV will commence from June end. The SUV has the waiting period of three months, and to meet the growing demand the company might also increase the production.
First unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the new BMW X5 gets changes to both exteriors and interiors. The new generation SUV features tall upright stance which add to its sporty character. At the front, the vehicle is equipped with broader kidney grille with chrome surrounds, flanked by new headlamps with LED inserts. The rear profile has two piece taillights and the light rings leveled along the bottom edge and flapped at the top edge.
The new BMW X5 is 5mm wider, 32mm longer and 14mm taller than its predecessor, making it 1938mm wide, 4,886mm long and 1762mm high. It has a large wheelbase of 2933mm and 650-litre of boot space. Inside, the SUV has wooden treatment around the dash, door pads and the gearlever. It is equipped with freestanding 10.5-inch iDrive control display monitor while the instrument panel has 4 round gauges.
The standard features of the new BMW X5 includes self-leveling rear suspension, electronic damper control, 4-zone climate control, cruise control with braking function, etc. Moreover, this model also gets lane departure warning and road sign information, head-up display, night vision with human and animal detection, 360 degree surround view parking assistance and collision warning.
Under the hood, the new generation BMW X5 has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine producing 258PS and 560Nm of torque. This engine is paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox which sends the power to all wheels. It catches a top speed of 230kmph and accelerates to 100kmph from rest in mere 6.9 seconds.