The 2012 Paris Auto Show will officially kick off on September 27 but major auto brands are already unveiling tidbits of info about the models they will be presenting at the event. According to sources close to BMW will announce the launch of the optional xDrive AWD system that would be offered on all entry level models. The system will also be offered as standard on both convertible and coupe versions of the second-generation 3- and 5-door 1-Series hatchback.
The AWD system is designed to improve the vehicle’s safety and handling by varying the drive torque between the rear and front axles of the vehicle. The system helps the model offer a rear-driving characteristic to the model by sending up to sixty percent of torque to the rear wheels in normal driving conditions thanks to the addition of a multidisc electronically-controlled clutch.
The xDrive AWD system is also devised to vary the distribution according to a given situation within moments since it comes linked to the electronic stability control offered on the model as standard. The 1-Series model will not only get the additional traction of the new AWD system but will also come with the option of being laced with BMW’s proprietary M135i M Performance package that allows the vehicle to reach electronically capped maximum speed of 155 mph and helps it accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Via: Motor Authority