BMW introduces locally assembled X5 (F15)

By CARSIFU | 7 August 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Group Malaysia has introduced its 15th BMW variant to be locally assembled – the BMW X5 (F15), and priced from RM539,800 on-the-road without insurance with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI).

Claimed to be BMW’s most successful premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the completely-knocked-down (CKD) X5 makes a historical milestone by becoming the first BMW SAV to be locally assembled within the South East Asian region.

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BMW Group Malaysia introduced a diesel and petrol variant of the all-new X5 in April and now carries an on-the-road without insurance (with BS+RI) price tag of RM539,800 for the xDrive30d (diesel) and RM579,800 for the xDrive35i (petrol).

This makes both variants of the latest X5 more affordable by RM19,000 and both variants will be available at all BMW dealerships nationwide from the Merdeka Weekend of Aug 30 and 31.

Regardless of variant, a 3.0-litre turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine is used with the petrol-powered X5 xDrive35i delivering 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, while the diesel X5 xDrive30d has 258bhp and 560Nm of torque on tap.

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However, the xDrive35i is now equipped with a retractable panoramic glass roof, two 9.2-inch colour display monitors that’s controllable via a remote-control whether for radio, navigation or – with BMW ConnectedDrive – BMW Apps and surfing the Internet.

As for the xDrive30d, it has been updated to include a full-colour BMW Head-Up Display and two additional seats attached to the third seat row.

This allows it to become a seven-seater while having the ability to fold them down to expand the luggage compartment.

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For both variants, features of the Driving Assistant have now been fitted as standard, which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning and city collision warning mitigation – an automatic braking system to avoid collisions at speeds of up to 60kph.

“We are proud to once again introduce ‘The Boss!’, the exceptional market leading BMW X5 model which is now built right here in Malaysia for our Malaysian customers,” said chief executive officer of BMW Group Malaysia Dr Gerhard Pils.

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