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29 May 2014

All-new BMW X5 launched

Available only with a diesel engine, the new X5 will now be locally produced in Chennai. We have price and details...

Devesh Shobha
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BMW says "It has been designed to outdo itself, yet again". And on that note, the German carmaker launches the all-new X5 in Pune. However, the new seven-seater SUV is only currently available with a diesel motor.

Powered by an inline-six cylinder, 2993cc, twin-turbo diesel, the X5 boasts 258bhp of power and 560Nm of torque. It's teamed with an 8-speed gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The new X5 xDrive30d Design Pure Experience (a long-ish variant name), will get BMW's all-wheel drive system as standard along with adaptive suspension package, which combines Dynamic Damper Control with air cushioning for better driving comfort.

BMW claims the X5 will set new benchmark when it comes to performance-to-fuel-efficiency ratio as the SUV boasts of start/stop, brake energy regeneration, electric power steering and a lightweight construction among many other technologies that promises to make it more efficient than before.

As expected, the X5 is offered with safety features stuffed to the gills. Six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control that combines traction control and cornering brake control, hill descent, side impact protection and crash sensors to name a few. Feature-wise, the X5 gets an improved iDrive with touch controller and handwriting recognition, satnav with 26cm display and 3D maps, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, park assist with front and rear cameras, Harman Kardon audio system and BMW Apps.

Priced at Rs 70.9 lakh, ex-showroom, India, the new X5 will have the Mercedes ML-Class and the Volvo XC60 as its traditional rivals. To know how well it fares in the rear world, read the all-new BMW X5 review here.

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