While it continues to tout the virtues of rear-wheel drive, BMW has gotten into all-wheel drive in a big way in recent years, making it available on several car models as well as its SUVs. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system is offered on 2012 versions of the 3 Series coupe and wagon, 5 Series sedan and Gran Turismo hatchback, 6 Series coupe and convertible and 7 Series sedan. It is standard on the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs. BMW is expected to add all-wheel drive as an option for the redesigned 3 Series sedan starting this summer.
Among BMW models that aren’t available with all-wheel drive are the 1 Series, M3 coupe and convertible, the 3 Series convertible, the Z4 roadster and the 5 and 7 Series hybrid sedans.
The xDrive system is biased toward the rear, normally sending 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels but can send up to 100 percent to the front wheels as conditions demand.
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