The BMW X5 M Competition has been launched in India with its starting price set at Rs 1.95 crore (ex-showroom, India). The carmaker has begun accepting bookings for the performance SUV via its online retail platform.
Customers who book their X5 M online before December 31, will receive a special benefit of an exclusive hospitality experience designed by the BMW Excellence Club.
Powered by a 625hp, 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine
It gets a number of M-specific mechanical updates to improve handling
Customers can use the BMW Individual service to further personalise their X5 M
BMW X5 M design
In terms of design, there are multiple areas where the performance-focused X5 M sets itself apart from the standard X5. Some key design changes include the gloss-black, double bar M grille, sportier front bumper with an apron, the M gills on the side, the aerodynamic double-arm wing mirrors, new and more aggressive rear bumper, twin exhaust pipes and a roof-mounted spoiler. There are also staggered ‘M’ light-alloy wheels with 21-inch wheels up front and 22-inch rims at the rear.
BMW X5 M engine and gearbox
Under the hood lies a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that churns out 625hp and 750Nm of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels using BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system, via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. BMW claims that with this set-up, the performance SUV can do the 0-100kph sprint in just 3.8 seconds and can achieve an electronically limited top-speed of 250kph.
BMW X5 M mechanicals
Besides the more powerful engine, BMW has also made M-specific changes to the chassis, fitted M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, active roll stabilization system and ‘M’ compound brakes to provide better handling. The X5 M also gets three driving modes – Track, Sport and Road, to further customise the driving experience.
BMW X5 M interiors
On the inside, the X5 M gets M specific seats with a quilted design, 12.3-inch displays for infotainment and instrumentation, BMW gesture control, wireless charging, Harman Kardon surround sound system, panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate and more.
The carmaker also provides a rear seat entertainment package and Bowers and Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as optional upgrades. Customers can also use the BMW Individual service to create a bespoke character with exclusive paintwork and interior trims for their X5 M.
BMW X5 M safety features
The X5 M also comes packed with safety features like cruise control with braking function, collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, adaptive LED headlights, BMW Head-Up Display (HUD), high beam assistant and parking assistant with reversing assistant to name a few, as standard fit.
There is also the option to add the Driving Assistant Professional package that adds steering and lane control assistant, lane keeping assist, active side collision protection, lane change assist, emergency stop assists and the crossroads warning, wrong way warning and front cross traffic alert systems.
BMW X5 M rivals
In India, the BMW X5 M luxury performance SUV competes with the likes of the Audi RS Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo and is priced in line with its competition.
|BMW X5 M vs Rivals: Prices (ex-showroom, India)|
|BMW X5 M||Audi RS Q8||Porsche Cayenne Turbo|
|Price||Rs 1.95 crore||Rs 2.07 crore||Rs 1.92 crore|
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