New UK 3-series GT range will benefit from BMW's 'xDrive' four-wheel drive system

The BMW 3-series GT will be available in the UK with four-wheel drive in July, not long after the launch of the model on 15 June.

Four-wheel-drive 'xDrive' variants will command a premium of £1,500 over conventional rear-wheel-drive GTs. Initially, BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system will be an option for petrol 320i models.

The entry-level BMW 3-series GT, the 320i SE, costs from £28,835 in two-wheel-drive form, meaning an xDrive variant would cost £30,335.

Additionally, the manufacturer is considering expanding the UK four-wheel-drive GT line-up in 2014 to include other engines, such as the popular 2.0-litre diesel units.

BMW's xDrive is an 'intelligent' four-wheel drive system that can distribute torque between the front and rear axles in order to ensure maximum traction. In normal conditions it operates in a 40:60 front/rear split.

As well as improving traction, the xDrive system can also recognise understeer and oversteer, redistributing up to 100 per cent of the available torque to one axle in order to assist in stabilising the car.

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3 May 2013

Let's hope that future BMW products get 4WD.

Peter Cavellini.

3 May 2013

If BMW fits xdrive to the 135i I might just about have run out of reasons not to get one - though winter tyres would do most of the practical work

3 May 2013

In comparison with 320d GT's. A 320i GT xDrive sounds like a super-niche car to me. Even a diesel GT xDrive would only sell in small numbers, surely? Makes you wonder why they went to the trouble of engineering it in the first place.

3 May 2013

I knew about this weeks ago. The Parkers website has had all the details of the 3-Series GT range on it for ages now.

3 May 2013

Then you don't need to bother reading the article, do you?

3 May 2013

JKFR33 wrote:

Then you don't need to bother reading the article, do you?

Autocar claim to be 'first for car news and reviews', so unless they can live up to that, they should get rid of that misleading slogan.

3 May 2013

Rather the FWD for the boot.

 

4 May 2013

A howler.....

5 May 2013

Most of BMW's line up have an AWD option in the North American market to compete with Audi and Mercedes, so it shouldn't be difficult to extend this to the European market.

Unfortunately the ungainly and awkward styling of the GT 3- and 5-series are being sold in both markets.

5 May 2013

Will it get a rear windscreen wiper?  That thing is going to be covered in water as soon as it starts raining.

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