BMW has announced the US prices for the new 2014 X5 a month after it’s unveil in the States. The new version of the will be available in the European markets in the coming months which is then expected to be followed by an Indian market.
The German automaker has introduced for the first time a rear-wheel-drive X5 dubbed the X5 sDrive35i for the US market. It is powered by a 3.0-litre, turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300PS and 406Nm of torque.
This entry-level X5 is priced at USD 53,725 (Rs 32 lakh) and is driven by the standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is also available with an all-wheel drive option and claims to clock 100km flat out in 6.2 seconds.
A more powerful X5 xDrive50i is also on offer. It is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that is currently in the market but will be beefed up to churn out an additional 45bhp pushing the maximum power output to 445bhp. This top of the line variant can be yours (in the US obviously) at USD 69,125 (Rs 41.25 lakh).
The exterior of the 2012 X5 gets a refreshed, chrome heavy kidney grille, a more distinct and creased bumper along with a new set of extended front lamps. The creases also extend to the sides blending into the slightly less prominent wheel arches. The tail lights also get a revitalised look with distinct LED stripes.
India currently gets the Euro spec X5 30d and the universal X5 50i. It will be interesting to see if BMW decides to bring the entry-level rear wheel drive version to India to compete with the G-Class, but since the X5 is shipped to India as CBUs (Completely Built Units) the price bracket will be higher than the equivalent US spec prices. More details of the variants are expected to surface once the SUV is launched in Europe.