German luxury automaker BMW is planning to bring the fourth- generation X5 in the Indian market. According to the reports, the all- new BMW X5 will be launched in the country somewhere around mid- 2019. The next- generation BMW X5 was unveiled in June 2018 and is based on BMW's Cluster Architecture (CLAR). The same platform also underpins the 5- Series and 7- Series sedans as well as the new X6 and the yet to be revealed X7 flagship SUV by the automaker.
In terms of dimension, the upcoming BMW X5 will measure 4,922 mm in length, 2,004 mm in width and 1,745 mm in height and will offer 650 litres of luggage space that can be increased to 1,870 litres by folding the second row of seats. Compared to the existing model that is currently on sale in India, the upcoming model is 35 mm longer, 32 mm wider and 11 mm taller. The wheelbase has also increased by 42 mm and will sit at 2,975 mm. Also, there is an increase by 33 percent in torsional rigidity, thanks to a stiffer body shell and more use of aluminium.
In terms of features, the next- gen BMW X5 will get the option of air springs as an option for both, the front and the rear instead of the current- gen model that offers the option of air springs only at the rear. At the interior, the all-new X5 will be spacious compared to the outgoing model and will be available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel as well as a similar-sized infotainment screen both with BMW’s new ID7 operating system, an optional head-up display, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, conversational speech recognition control, gesture control and a touch-control rear-seat entertainment system among others.
Mechanically, the new X5 comes with five powertrain options including 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, a 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8, 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder quad-turbo diesel and a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder petrol hybrid in the international markets. However, in India, the third- gen BMW X5 is likely to be offered with a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit that puts out 335 bhp and 500 Nm of torque for the xDrive40i variant, while the xDrive30d variant will be offered with a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 261 bhp of power and 620 Nm of torque. Transmission options are likely to be in the form of an 8-speed automatic transmission along with an all-wheel drive to be offered as standard across the entire range.
Currently, BMW sells the third- generation of the X5 in India in two variants - Design Pure Experience and M Sport, which are priced at Rs 76.90 lakh and Rs 82.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India), respectively. The features include LED headlamps, electrically foldable ORVMs, headlight washer, rain-sensing wiper, four-zone climate control, electrically adjustable front seats, panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, a 600W Harman Kardon surround system, front and rear parking sensors and a reverse parking camera as well as six airbags, ABS with brake assist, Isofix child seat anchors, corner brake control, dynamic stability control, traction control and hill descent control as safety features. The existing model comes powered by only a 3.0-litre six cylinder engine that generates 254 bhp of maximum power and 560 Nm of peak torque mated to an 8-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox. The SUV takes against the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Range Rover Velar and the Volvo XC90 in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming next- gen BMW X5 in India.