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German carmaker BMW revealed the fourth generation X5 (G05) SUV last year in June. Now a new report from Autocar India has revealed the launch date in India for the new X5 from BMW will be May 16, 2019.
The publication goes on to state that the all-new fourth generation BMW X5 will be offered only in diesel guise initially, though it does claim that a petrol variant was most likely to follow sometime later in the SUV's life cycle.
Autocar India claims that BMW will launch the new G05 X5 in India in its base diesel guise. the base X5 diesel from BMW, which is dubbed the X5 xDrive30d is powered by BMW 's B57D30O0 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine. The twin-scroll-turbo engine cranks out 261bhp at 4,000rpm and 620Nm of peak torque between 2,000-2,500rpm. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive setup. The BMW X5 xDrive30d can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds despite weighing in at over 2.2-tonnes.
The publication also claims that BMW could introduce the X5 xDrive40i petrol variant in India at a further point in time. The BMW X5 xDrive40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine that produces 335bhp at 5,500rpm and 450Nm of peak torque between 1,500-5,200rpm. The petrol engine too is offered with an 8-speed gearbox and all-wheel-drive. The BMW X5 xDrive40i can sprint to 100km/h from standstill in just 5.5 seconds.
The fourth-generation BMW X5 is the largest SUV to bear the badge till date. The new X5 measures in at 4,921mm long, 1,970mm wide, 1,737mm tall. The wheelbase of the G05 X5 is 2,975mm long. The fourth-gen BMW X5 is 35mm longer, 32mm wider and 11mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase of the new-gen X5 has also increased in length by 42mm. The expanded wheelbase length is all offered to the passengers inside the SUV as the boot of the SUV is still as voluminous as before at 645-litres.
The new BMW X5 will be available in multiple trim levels including the M Sport package. Along with the regular petrol variant, we do expect the new M version of the X5 to arrive sometime later in its product cycle here in India.