BMW X4 And X7 SUVs To Be Assembled In India
German luxury automaker BMW has released a statement confirming the local production of the X4 and X7 SUVs at their Chennai plant. The X4 and X7 will be the tenth and eleventh models to be locally assembled at the Chennai plant of BMW other than X1, X3, X5, 3 Series, 3 Series Gran Turismo, 5 Series, 6 Series Gran Turismo, 7 Series and the Mini Countryman. Recently, BMW released the sales report for 2018, where it confirmed the same.
The first model to be launched this year in the Indian market by BMW is the X7 top- spec. the manufacturer will launch the top- spec BMW X7 M50d on 31st January 2019. BMW will introduce locally assembled three other variants, the xDrive 40i, xDrive 50i and xDrive 30d sometime in September 2019. The SUV was recently spotted testing in the country and will be brought as a CBU and will be priced at around Rs 1.6 crore (ex- showroom). The X7 will be the first seven- seater SUV from BMW and will sit above the X5 in BMW’s lineup of SUVs. The flagship SUV was unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2018. The upcoming X7 SUV measures 5,151 mm in length, 1,990 mm in width and 1,805 mm in height. According to the spied images, the BMW X7 comes with twin LED headlights with Laser beam technology, LED tail lights, large signature kidney grille and 22- inch wheels. At the inside, the 2019 BMW X7 will come with a multi- layered dashboard housing a standard 12.3- inch touchscreen infotainment display, a completely digital instrument panel, four- zone climate control system, soft- close doors, a three- piece glass sunroof, a park assistant function with a reversing camera and a reclining function for all three rows. Under the hood, the top- of- the- line M50d is expected to come powered by a 3.0- litre inline six- cylinder quad- turbo diesel engine producing 400 bhp and 760 Nm of peak torque powering all four wheels. The engine will come mated to a standard eight- speed automatic transmission. The car is also expected to get an off- road package and four other driving modes on offer. When launched, the 2019 BMW X7 will take against the likes of the Land Rover Discovery and the Mercedes-Benz GLS in the segment.
Talking about the X4, BMW had revealed the upcoming X4 in early 2018 and it will be the first time that the SUV will be launched in the Indian market. It will be the second generation X4 to be brought in the country, though the automaker didn’t bring the first- gen X4 here. The SUV has been spotted testing on the Indian roads and is likely to share its powertrain with the X3 which is powered by a 187 bhp, 2.0- litre diesel engine mated to an 8- speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer might bring a petrol engine as well because it will launch the petrol- powered X3 in India later this year. Not only the powertrain, but the upcoming X4 will also share the features with the X3. The list includes a 10.3- inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12- inch all- digital instrument cluster, 600W Harman Kardon surround sound system, full- color heads- up display, three- zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and 8 airbags. In terms of pricing, the SUV is expected to be priced around Rs 50 lakh (ex- showroom) and will be positioned between the X3 and the X5 in BMW’s India lineup. When launched, it will take on the likes of the Mercedes- Benz GLC Coupe and the Range Rover Evoque.;
Apart from the X4 and X7, BMW has also lined- up a number of vehicles to be launched in the Indian market in 2019 including the new 3 Series, the new X5, X6, X4M, X3M, Z4, M8 Coupe, M8 Cabriolet, 7 Series facelift and X1 facelift. BMW has recently released the sales report for 2018 registering 13 per cent growth in the Indian market by selling 11,105 cars in the year compared to 9,800 units in 2017. The manufacturer sells BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X5 and MINI Countryman as locally assembled vehicles and the BMW X6, BMW M2 Competition, BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M5 Sedan and BMW X5 M in the country as completely built- up units (CBU). Currently, BMW India has 44 sales outlets in the Indian market. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2019 BMW cars in India.
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