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New engines, AWD for 5 Series

2010-09-21 10:33

The new BMW 5 Series - now with all-wheel drive.

Mere months after the launch of the latest generation BMW 5 Series, the Munich-based manufacturer has rolled out additions to the range in the form of new engines and an xDrive all-wheel drive system.


The Paris auto show will also see the unveiling of an M Sports package for the new 5 Series sedan.

Split drive

BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system is a permanent, electronically-controlled system that, based on the prevailing driving conditions, splits the drive power between the front and rear wheels.


In normal driving conditions, the drive is split 40/60 between the front and rear axles although this is electronically varied when slip at any wheel is detected.


The system will initially be used in the 300kW 550i, 225kW 535i and 180kW 530d derivatives. However, BMW has traditionally said South Africa’s general lack of snow excludes the need for xDrive-enabled sedans and the all-wheel drive 5 Series’ are not expected to be launched here.


New straight-six engines make their appearances, including a 150kW three-litre 525d and a 220kW version using BMW’s TwinPower turbo technology.


Wheels24 will be at the Paris show to bring you the latest coverage.


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