BMW X6 goes updated with launch of its new look version. As usual in a facelift, the changes mostly include the looks with some mechanical upgrades. To start off with, you have the front fog lights high air inlets, and a spiky grille that include the cosmetic changes. You now have the luxury of going for adaptive LED headlamps along with blue aluminum brake calipers and a bonnet with a power dome.
At the back we have a new set of twin LED lights. All this now comes with different shades of Marrakesh Brown metallic, Orion Silver metallic and Midnight Blue metallic. The xDrive 50i model gets new bi-colour, double-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels.
At the interiors, we have the Nevada leather upholstery available in a choice of beige, black, finewood ash grain and aluminum flywheel black with options of more to choose from. Nothing can beat the X6 in terms of cabin space. The X6 is perhaps next only to the Porsche Cayenne coming close.
At the engine, we have a new eight-speed gearbox for both the 50i and the 40d variants. In the 40d, the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel’s 235bhp and 53kgm has been bumped up to 306bhp and 64.2kgm respectively, with the help of a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo motor.
You get all these in option of two packages on the X6. The Innovation package comes with adaptive full-LED headlights, BMW head-up display and BMW apps, while the Luxury package includes special comfort seats with lumbar support, active seat ventilation and seat heating.
The X6 xDrive50i is priced at Rs 93.4 lakh while the xDrive40d costs Rs 78.9 lakh (ex-showroom). You can also check out the likes of the BMW X1 and the BMW X3.
BMW Mini is slated for a huge launch in India within the next two months. The cars would have a starting price of 25 lakhs. The company is planning to bring in the cars and open two flagship dealerships in Delhi and Mumbai. The car will launch the entire variants in the BMW Mini inclusive of the BMW Cooper, BMW Countryman, BMW Clubdoor and the BMW Cabrio. The high end Clubman would reportedly be priced at the 30 lakh range which would also include a total sports deal and accessories.
The history of the Mini dates back to as early as the year 1960. The Mini is one of the pioneers among the cars of the then Great Britain. In fact these cars are said to mark the beginning of a new era in the automotive world. The maximum space utilization design, front wheel drive option, smooth and good old sporty designs today has become the trademark of many a cars to follow. Take for example even the case of the best seller Suzuki Swift. The Swift too carries the same legacy. The mini is still reeling in large sales with annual figures of up to 2.34 lakh cars being sold every year all over the world. The highest sales happen in the US followed by Britain, Germany and Japan.
“The Mini comes to India finally after years of hectic feasibility and surveys,” BMW India President Andreas Schaaf, adding the company will showcase the car in the Auto Expo in January 2012.
The Mini will look to fill the void that the small luxury cars have not been able to fill. The Mini will look to prove its mettle where its counterparts like the Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 could not find too many buyers. The figures reveal that the Volkswagen Beetle has just managed sales of 620 cars right from its launch. Fiat has just sold 100 units. Schaff, however, said the Indian market is changing. “We are selling close to 20,000 luxury cars annually and now the customers are willing to spend money on smaller famed brands. Mini perfectly fits into the definition and India is now a mature market for premium luxury small cars,” BMW India president said.
The Mini is expected to be accompanied by other luxury hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz BClass and the Audi A3 next year. Like in all the other markets across the world, the Mini will be sold as a separate brand, with a range of varieties for customization. These cars would be sold independently from the BMW’s other cars such as the 5 Series, the 7 Series and SUVs such as the X5 and the X6.
“We plan to market it as a sporty car with iconic value. It will be a chunky and overtly masculine brand and positioned as a top-notch performer with high levels of customization,” Schaff said.
BMW Mini, the pioneers of modern cars is coming big way into the Indian market. In fact the launch of the cars has gained steam and the upcoming Delhi International auto expo in January 2012 could well see the unveiling of the Mini cars.
While speaking to the reporters at the ongoing Frankfurt Auto Expo, Member of the board of management, BMW Group, said Harald Kruger said, “We are introducing the Mini in India to build our brand image.”
While, further informing about this iconic brand, Mr. Kruger said, “A lot of Indians who have studied abroad are familiar with the brand. They are our potential customers. They perhaps drove the Mini when they were abroad and will miss it when they are back in India. While Mini in the rest of the world is an ageless brand, in India, we think it will have a huge potential for the young people.” “It can be driven for an evening dinner out or to a sports event or as a city runabout.”
The car imported to India will be a completely built unit. This follows the same trend the way the cars like Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle and Fiat’s popular 500 model were imported. This means that the Mini Cooper will be levied a 102 percent import duty. The starting price tag of BMW Mini is expected to be Rs 23 lakh in the country.
The company will launch the entire variants in the BMW Mini inclusive of the BMW Cooper, BMW Countryman, BMW Clubdoor and the BMW Cabrio. The high end Clubman would reportedly be priced at the 30 lakh range which would also include a total sports deal and accessories. The Mini is expected to be accompanied by other luxury hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz BClass and the Audi A3 next year.