/xDrive BMW 1-Series Set For Paris Debut

xDrive BMW 1-Series Set For Paris Debut

BMW Active Tourer Concept at xDrive BMW 1 Series Set For Paris Debut

BMW confirmed its lineup for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and aside the concept cars like the i3 and the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, they will be unveiling a new all-wheel-drive version of the 1-Series. It is for the first time that a compact car is being given the xDrive system, and we can’t really work out why.

No really, why would you need all-wheel-drive in a small hatchback? One would argue that since the normal 1-Series is rear-wheel drive, it wouldn’t work properly in slippery conditions where front-wheel-drive cars have no problem finding traction. That makes sense. But given the extra weight such system brings along, the whole concept sounds a bit twisted.

There will be two xDrive 1-Series models at launch, the 120d xDrive and the BMW M 135i xDrive.

The new entry-level diesel  BMW 114d will also makes its debut at the Paris show. Unlike the xDirve versions, this one makes a lot of sense for modern motoring. Featuring a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, the 114d offers an output of 70 kW/95 bhp with average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

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