BMW Group Malaysia officially rolls out a new locally-assembled model for the second time this year with the latest generation X5 SAV now joining the growing portfolio of models built at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah. Known internally by its model code F15, the new X5 is interestingly also the 15th BMW model variant to be assembled in the country.
Introducing the latest addition to its locally-assembled stable, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “As the newest addition to our strong portfolio of locally assembled premium vehicles, we at BMW are also proud to note that this model is the very first BMW X5 to be locally assembled, marking a historical milestone for us not only here in Malaysia but in South East Asia as well.”
From the fully-imported variants that were initially launched, the new locally-assembled X5 continues to offer the same two model choices, namely the diesel-powered xDrive30d and petrol-powered xDrive35i, both with improved equipment and lower pricing. Mechanical specifications remain unchanged, as both variants continue with turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engines hooked into all-wheel drive drivetrains.
More affordable of the two variants is the xDrive30d, which is being enhanced by a number of equipment previously exclusive to the xDrive35i, namely third row seats and full-colour heads-up display. For the petrol model, features that continue to set it apart as the range-topping variant is a new electrical panoramic glass roof and a rear-seat entertainment system comprising of two 9.2” coloured display monitors which passengers are able to operate via remote-control whether for radio, navigation or – with BMW ConnectedDrive – BMW Apps and surfing the Internet.
For enhanced safety, both variants of the locally-assembled X5 are equipped with the Driving Assistant active safety package which includes lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and autonomous emergency braking with vehicle and pedestrian recognition.
On-the-road prices of both locally-assembled BMW X5 variants enjoy drops of about RM20k each from their CBU counterparts. From RM558,800 and RM598,800 respectively, the xDrive30d and xDrive35i are now available at RM539,800 and RM579,800.