BMW India cars: 2014 Delhi Auto Expo line-up
German luxury automakers, BMW, will introduce new exciting cars at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo in February. The highlight will definitely be their i8 hybrid sports car, but besides this, they also have the M6 Gran Coupe, new X5 and 3 Series Gran Turismo for India debut during the show.
The 3 Series GT was launched last year, at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The car has already been spotted testing in India. Once launched, it will receive the same petrol and diesel engine options currently seen on the existing 3 Series, which is the 328i and 320d. Inline 6 335i could also be launched in India. Just like the 3 Series sedan, the GT will also be produced at BMW’s plant in Chennai. The production is expected to begin from March this year and it will be their 7th car to be produced locally.
Speaking about their new i8 hybrid, it will receive a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder petrol engine offering peak power of 357 bhp and peak torque of 570 Nm. BMW i8 hybrid will be seen with a well defined fascia, extended hood and inbuilt daytime running lights. Interiors are sporty and comfortable with leather upholstery and carbon elements on door sills and digital instrument panel. Gadgetry will include iDrive Controller, eDriver Button and Parktronics with camera, pedestrian recognition and automatic braking. It is still not certain if the car will be launched in India or not.
New BMW M6 Gran Coupe follows the successful launch of 6 Series Gran Coupe back in Nov 2012. The M6 GC features a twin-turboed V8 4.4l delivering 560 hp power and 680 Nm torque. This is the same mill that is also seen on the new M5.
The new X5 was launched in May 2013. It is the 3rd generation version and features new engine options. At the global unveil, BMW revealed that the X5 will be offered in a choice of 3.0L six cylinder in-line diesel on the xDrive 30d offering 255 hp, 4.4L V8 petrol generating 444 hp in xDrive 50i, and a X5 M50d M performance with 3.0L tri-turbo diesel engine generating 376 hp. Only the xDrive 30d is expected to make it’s way into India. (source)