German luxury carmaker BMW on Wednesday said it has upgraded its entire petrol vehicle range in India to conform to BS VI emission regulations. The automaker said it is now working to upgrade its diesel range to conform to stricter emission norms which kick in the country from April, 1 next year.
The petrol portfolio is already BS VI compliant while, the diesel portfolio will be converted ahead of stipulated timelines, BMW India said in a statement.
The company’s Chennai-based plant has started local production of BS VI diesel variants of the 5 Series and 6 Series Gran Turismo and is also gearing up to roll out new X1, it added.
“The complete petrol portfolio is already BS VI compliant while the diesel portfolio will be converted ahead of stipulated timelines. BMW Group Plant Chennai has started local production of BS VI diesel variants of the BMW 5 and the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo,” BMW India said in a statement.
The production of BS VI version of the BMW X1 will also begin soon, it added. “Early start of BS VI production is a strategic call we are taking to meet the unprecedented demand for our new products,” BMW Group India President and Chief Executive Officer Rudratej Singh said. Beginning next year, the company will increase prices of BS VI models by up to 6 per cent, he added.
Recently, BMW M5 Competition, the sportier sibling of the M5, ha finally arrived in India at a whopping price of Rs 1.55 crore.
“The M Division has always catered to the highest aspirations and imagination of our performance-oriented customers. Those who seek the rush of racetrack adrenaline in daily life don’t look beyond the BMW M models,” The New Indian Express quoted Rudratej Singh as saying. It is worth mentioning here that Rudratej Singh is a president and chief operating officer of BMW Group India.
BMW M5 Competition comes equipped with the 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 motor that belts out 616 bhp at 6000 rpm and 750 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
BMW M5 Competition also comes with the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with DSC and xDrive modes which enables the driver to choose between the 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD mode.
The M5 Competition include BMW Efficient Dynamics featuring brake energy regeneration, auto start-stop function, a new differential transfer case with optimised warm-up behaviour and aerodynamics.