BMW has launched a cheaper variant of the X5 SUV in India. Called the X5 Expedition, this new variant is priced at Rs. 64.90 lakh (Ex-Showroom all-India).
The Expedition variant is cheaper than the previously launched X5 variant by Rs. 6 lakh. However, this price cut comes with a loss of equipment.
The cheaper variant loses out on the titanium finish on the kidney grille, no titanium mouldings on the front bumpers, adaptive LED headlamps replaced by bi-xenon units, LED fog lamps have been taken out, matte black B & C pillars instead of gloss black, no chrome finished exhaust tip and removal of the stainless steel override guards. 9 speaker music system instead of the 16 speaker Harman Kardon system, 16.5cm screen without DVD drive and handwriting recognition.
Other features like BMW Apps, navigation with 3D maps, xDrive status with compass function have been left out. Another major omission is the third-row seats. The X5 Expedition edition is a 5-seater, and not a 7-seater like the X5 Design Pure Experience variant. Interior theme is limited to the fine-wood trim with American Oak only. Also missing are the electric lumbar support adjustments for the front seats.
The Expedition variant uses the same 3.0L, 6-cylinder engine pumping out 258 BHP of power and 560 Nm. The 8-speed gearbox is a standard Steptronic unit, unlike the Steptronic Sport used in the more expensive X5. Hence, paddle shifts are missing too.
With a cheaper price tag, BMW aims at attracting more customers for the X5.