BMW To Launch Petrol Powered X3 & X5 In India — Is The Big Diesel Craze Coming To An End?

German luxury carmaker is said to be looking at launching petrol powered variants of the X3 and X5 in India.

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German luxuxy carmaker BMW is looking at  launching petrol powered variants of its largest SUVs, the X3 and X5 in India.

According to team-bhp, BMW is looking to launch the X3 28i and the X5 35i petrol variants as Indian car buyers seem to be shifting away from big diesel vehicles.

The X3's 28i variant is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 237bhp and 373Nm of torque. The engine sends its power to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox and BMW's xdrive All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system.

The X5 35i on the other hand uses a more powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 that pushes out 297bhp and 407Nm of torque. The new X5 variant also uses an 8-speed gearbox and the xdrive AWD system.

It does look like BMW us getting ready to launch the petrol powered SUVs in India soon as records on Zauba show that the German carmaker has imported 48 examples of each SUV into India over the past few weeks.

BMW's decision to add petrol variants to its lineup of SUVs doesn't come as much of a surprise as the Indian
car buyer's preferences shift from diesel to petrol.

BMW's rival from its home country of Germany, Mercedes-Benz, has also started adding more petrol powered variants to its lineup of cars.

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 13:09 [IST]
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