BMW , headquartered in Germany’s historic Munch city since 1904, is focusing on growing Indian market with the launch of 530i M Sport in India priced at 59.2 lakh INR ex-showroom. The model now comes with a petrol engine, is locally produced at Chennai and is BS-VI compliant, BMW said in a statement. The company already sells diesel variant of the model in the country. The 530i M Sport comes with technologies such as display key which allows drivers to keep round the clock contact with car. Inside, the 530i M Sport features sports seats with Dakota leather upholstery, Aluminium Rhombicle interior trim with pearl chrome highlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, dynamic damper control and a 12.3-inch multi-functional instrument display. The new 530i is also tech-laden with features like wireless charging, park assist with a surround view camera, remote control parking, the BMW Display key and a 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, navigation, BMW apps and gesture control compatibility. Under the hood, the 530i M Sport gets a BS-VI-compliant, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that produces 252hp at 5,200rpm and 350Nm of torque at 1,450-4,800rpm. The engine sends power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The M Sport also features five driving modes to choose from – Comfort, Eco Pro, Sport, Sport+ and Adaptive. It also has a gesture-control feature that recognises six pre-defined hand movements for control of a number of functions, it said.The model is also loaded with various safety features including six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC), including dynamic traction control (DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), among others. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 530i produces an output of 185kW or 252 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 km per hour in 6.2 seconds, claims the statement. Besides India, BMW produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Business line reports, citing BMW German luxury carmaker BMW said it has sold 11,105 cars (BMW + Mini) during last calendar year in India, up 13 per cent as compared with 9,800 units in 2017.The company said it has delivered its most robust performance till date with all three brands – BMW, Mini and BMW Motorrad. BMW Group India achieved highest ever sales of 10,405 units clocking 11 per cent growth as compared with 9,379 units in 2017. “Mini India accelerated with unprecedented growth of 66 per cent with 700 units, further strengthening its position in the small-premium car segment,” the company said.BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo have contributed strongly to the growth story. BMW also saw significant contribution of up to 50 per cent coming from the locally-produced Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) range with strong contribution from the new BMW X3, it said. Presently, BMW X1, BMW X3 and BMW X5 are locally-produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai. In 2019, the plant will also start local production of BMW X4 and BMW X7. The iconic Mini Hatch and the now locally-produced Mini Countryman together comma.
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