BMW Adds xDrive to 1-series Lineup in a Number of Markets, Just Not This One [2012 Paris Auto Show]
The xDrive badges that adorn BMW’s all-wheel-drive offerings will serve as focal points for part of the Bavarians’ display at this year’s Paris auto show. How else could the brand visually provide a debut for the feature in its 1-series hatchbacks? (We’re assuming a stand tilted 45 degrees in order to display front half-shafts probably isn’t in the cards.) Three- and five-door hatchback versions of the 120d and M135i will receive all-wheel drive in a number of global markets, but there aren’t any plans to bring xDrive to U.S.-spec 1-series any time soon. Although, BMW told us that’s not to say that xDrive won’t ever come to Amercia’s 1-series.
Under normal driving conditions, 60 percent of the power is directed to the rears and 40 percent is handled at the front. In concert with BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control, that distribution can be modulated to meet road conditions or driving dynamics. And that will suit the 181-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel in the 120d xDrive just fine. BMW claims that the 120d xDrive will reach 62 mph in 7.2 seconds before topping out at 140.
What’s likely more interesting is how power is routed in the M135i xDrive. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six makes 315 hp and BMW says it will reach 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. With Mercedes-Benz’s confirmation of the upcoming A45 AMG powered by a 350-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four providing propulsion to all four wheels, an all-wheel-drive hot hatch seemed the next logical step for BMW’s 1-series.
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But with neither the M135i xDrive nor the 120d xDrive coming stateside in the near future, we’ll hold out hope that it won’t be long before the new-for-2013 135is coupe and convertible (that “is” moniker will soon give way to M Performance) will receive an all-wheel-drive option of its own.