BMW India has launched a cut-price version of the X5 luxury SUV, dubbed the Expedition variant, in line with CarToq’s older report confirming the same. The X5 Expedition trades a few creature comforts and the option to seat seven adults for a cheaper price tag.
At a price of 64.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, the X5 Expedition luxury SUV is 6 lakh rupees cheaper than the 7 seat model. Assembled through the CKD kit route at BMW’s Chennai factory like its pricier sibling, the X5 Expedition is aimed at shoring up volumes and enticing luxury SUV buyers a solid reason to drop into a BMW showroom.
The X5 Expedition loses the following features compared to the regular variant:
- Titanium finish for front grille
- Chromed exhaust finishers
- Piano finish for B and C Pillars
- Titanium finish for front and rear bumper mouldings
- Paddle shifts
- LED headlamps and fog lamps
- launch control
- Lumbar support on front seats
- Third row seats
- 600 W Harman Kardon audio with 16 speakers replaced by a 205 W HiFi audio unit with 9 speakers
- Textured finish for in-cabin wood inserts
- BMW Apps
- Satellite Navigation
The SUV retains the 3 liter, inline 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine that outputs 254 Bhp of peak power and 560 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is an 8 speed automatic item that drives all four wheels of the SUV by means of the xDrive all wheel drive system. Start-Stop and brake regeneration systems continue as standard fitments. Also, BMW has not compromised on the level of safety offered in the lower priced variant of the X5 with the SUV featuring the same safety kit as the regular version.
BMW has lagged behind Audi and Mercedes Benz in India’s luxury SUV market and this lag has resulted in the German luxury car maker rapidly losing market share to both Audi and Mercedes Benz. The sharply priced X5 Expedition SUV is meant to be BMW’s comeback into the luxury SUV market. Therefore, BMW has priced the X5 slightly higher than the Mercedes Benz ML 350 CDI and much lower than the entry-level variant of the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI. Will the cut price X5 Expedition bring BMW back in the game in India? Time will tell.