BMW has announced that they’ll be offering all-wheel drive for its European Domestic Market 1-Series hatchback, according to CARandDRIVER. Both the three- and five-door hatchbacks of the 120d and the M135i will receive xDrive all-wheel drive. They will debut at this year’s 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The system is described to normally work with a 60/40 front/rear power distribution between the front and rear axles. Working in tandem with BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control, the distribution can be shifted in the inclement of changing road conditions or driving dynamics.
The 120d is powered by BMW’s N47 2.0L turbocharged diesel inline four-banger good for 181hp, while the M135i receives BMW’s superiorly balanced turbocharged 3.0L inline-six good for 315hp.
There was no indication of xDrive coming to the US Domestic Market’s 1-Series coupe and convertible. Though it would not be unreasonable to predict that xDrive will be on tap for the next generation front-wheel drive based 1-Series.
Refreshed: Power for the BMW M135i comes from a 3.0 liter straight 6 with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that produces 320-hp at 5,800 rpm with a maximum torque of 332 lb-ft between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed manual, the BMW M135i will go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and 4.9 seconds with an automatic.
– By: Chris Chin