The BMW X5 has been around for a while now, and we do see plenty of them on the road. Now though, there is an addition to the X5 lineup with the xDrive SportX Plus versions.
Launched at Rs 77.90 lakh for the xDrive40i and Rs 79.50 lakh for the xDrive30d versions of the SportX Plus trim, they make for a new entry point to the X5 range. In comparison to the M-Sport trims, the petrol is a whopping Rs 10 lakh cheaper
The changes might be subtle, but aficionados will surely notice them. Clever bits like the air suspension, memory seats for the passenger, laser LED headlights and even the HARMAN sound system have been given a miss. However, its not like the features list has become scant. You still get LED headlamps, panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, four-zone climate control, powered front seat with memory function for the driver, twin 12.3-inch displays, hands-free parking and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
With the diesel engine, you previously had the SportX trim but that has now been replaced with the SportX Plus and gets minor revisions like running boards and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
There has been no change to the power figures though. The petrol is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine making 335bhp and 450Nm. It is fairly quick as well with a 0-100kph time of just 5.5 secs. The diesel on the other hand is a 261bhp 3.0-litre engine with an equally brisk 6.5 secs from 0-100kph. Mated to both the engines is an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The SportX Plus trim might have skipped on some kit, but you still get goodies like gesture control, 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, 3D navigation, parking assistant with rearview camera and all the electronic aids as well.
Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “The BMW X5 underlines a very strong appeal with its combined off-road abilities and dynamic driving pleasure. The most successful BMW sports activity vehicle (SAV) of all time now has a new, attractive addition to its line-up – BMW X5 xDrive ‘SportX Plus’. SportX Plus celebrates the gust of adrenaline with style and self-confidence. You will experience the superior forward thrust even more intensely with its compelling sportiness, agile handling and driving versatility. Its unmistakable BMW X genes, commanding road presence and robust proportions are bound to turn heads on every road.” The attractive price has surely made the entry to the X5 range a lot more appealing, and to those who want a spacious, comfortable and driver-centric luxury SUV now can consider the SportX Plus rather seriously.