The German based automaker BMW has recently announced that the entry-level model, the 1-Series, will soon be offered with the xDrive all-wheel drive system developed by the company.
The BMW 1-Series getting the xDrive all-wheel drive system will mark the very first time when the xDrive arrives on a 1-Series and, even if this may sound like all versions of the hatchback will receive it, the car manufacturer says that the system will only be available on the 120d and on the M135i models. The xDrive will help the BMW 1-Series to distribute its drive torque variable between the rear and the front axle and it will improve both safety and handling.
Up to 60 percent of the torque is being transferred to the rear-wheel drive on normal roads thanks to the electronically-controlled multi-disc clutch. BMW says that the M135i hot hatch with xDrive is bale to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 249 km/h (155 mph). The model is equipped with a 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine, producing 315 HP (235 kW). The BMW 1-Series xDrive will be officially presented to the public at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, on the 27th of September.