BMW India President, Frank Schloeder had announced that the company will soon feature petrol engines on all their existing models and the process seems to have begun. BMW has kept their word by launching the petrol variants of the popular SUVs; X3 xDrive28i and X5 xDrive35i in Indiaon December 7th. Both the models are being locally manufactured in their Chennai plant and are available showrooms across the country.
The X3 xDrive28i is equipped with the same engine in the 3 series – 2L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine paired with 8-speed automatic transmission and produces 245hp and a maximum torque of 350Nm. This SUV is capable of touching 0 to 100kmph speed in approximately 6.5 seconds.
The X5 xDrive35i on the other hand is equipped with a 3L inline 6-cylinder petrol engine coupled to 8-speed Sport Steptronic automatic transmission and produces 306hp and a maximum torque of 400Nm. This SUV too claims to touch 0 to 100kmph in approximately 6.5 seconds while the Steptronic automatic gearbox helps in smooth shifting of gears.
Unlike the diesel trims, the petrol variants are available in five seater option. Most of the features on the new petrol trims are similar to the X3 and X5 diesel variants like the iDrive infotainment system, 600W audio system, panoramic sunroof and special safety features which the BMW never compromised upon.
X3 competes against the likes of Audi Q5, Mercedec GLC and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque while the X5 competes with Mercedec GLE and the Volvo XC 90.
X3 x Drive 28i is priced at Rs.54.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) X5 x Drive 35iis priced at Rs.73.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) This petrol variant launch very well indicates an initiative taken by the company following the Diesel ban by the National Green Tribunal. BMW has also plans to refine their entire lineup of diesel vehicles and make them ready to comply with the Euro VI norms by next year.
Volvo launched their premium SUV, XC60 in a new avatar at a price of Rs.55.90 lakh. The second generation model appears in only one variant named Inscription and is based on the company’s in-house developed SPA platform.
Jaguar Land Rover launched their much anticipated SUV offering, Range Rover Velar in India at a starting price of Rs.78.83 lakh. Bookings for this vehicle had already begun in the beginning of this month. The Tata Motors owned company has now officially revealed the prices of the different variants of this particular model that has its base variant priced at Rs.78.83 lakh and top end variant at Rs.1.37 crore.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.