"We are confident it will strengthen BMW's position in the luxury performance class and our customers can be assured of a truly exceptional offering backed by excellent customer service."
The car, which has a top speed of 250kmph and can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 6.3 seconds, has been well received in Europe where it has been available for sometime. The top of the range 550i model can reach 0-100kmph in 5.5 seconds.
James Crichton, sales and marketing director of BMW Group Middle East, said prior to the launch: "We have five new models to launch in the Middle East during the first five months of the year: two ActiveHybrids, the new 5 Series, Gran Turismo and X1.
"The Gran Turismo and X1 have already been well received in Europe, and with the 5 Series being a strong seller, we are confident that these new models will have a positive affect on 2010 sales and our brands will maintain their strength in the region."