BMW celebrates 30 years of all wheel drive image

The biggest luxury automaker in the world – BMW – has recently announced it was 30 years ago when it first used all wheel drive on a vehicle – the BMW 325i Allrad was then born.

Today about one in three models from its range are sold across the globe with the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system. This is of course mostly due to the ever growing popularity of the X models – and the global popularity of SUVs and crossovers – but BMW also offers many all-wheel-drive versions to the models it sells, from the 1 Series to the flagship 7 Series.

The first ever all-wheel-drive model was the BMW 325i “Allrad” presented during IAA (Frankfurt Motor Show) way back in 1985 and its seemingly unchanged appearance fueled the surprise of the people that went on to test the new variant. Today, the regular xDrive all-wheel-drive system comes with the Integrated Chassis Management (ICM) system, which bridges the gap between the XDrive, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) or Dynamic Performance Control (DPC) systems for flawless driving dynamics and increased safety.

Back in the day, the 325i “Allrad” of 1985 was followed by the 1991 BMW 525iX and the automaker opened up a whole new chapter back in 1999 when it first introduced the X5 – named by the company as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The xDrive system made its official debut on the BMW X3 and X5 back in 2003 and the all-wheel drive system made the jump to regular models back in 2009. Now the all-wheel drive package can be bundled with the latest eco-conscious technology in the form of the BMW X5 xDrive40e, which has a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

In other news, the automaker also recently launched the Grand Racing Legends documentaries in Romania, designed to celebrate two heroes from the world of motorsport – local legend Marin Dumitrescu who just turned 97 and paralimpic champion Alessandro Zanardi.