Thursday, 16 October 2014
15 Years of BMW X models
BMW celebrates 15 years of BMW X models.
15 years ago, the BMW X5 made its debut as the world's first Sports Activity Vehicle, attracting both praises and concerns from the BMW community. The introduction of the BMW of the BMW X5 in 1999 laid the foundation stone for the unique success story of BMW X models on automotive markets all over the world and 5 years later, BMW unveiled the X3 SAV.
The brand's range now comprises five BMW X models. These are complemented by the two four-wheel drive high-performance sports cars of the BMW M, the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M. The most progressive of them all is the X5, now in its third generation, a complete vehicle that goes through an evolution cycle every 7 years.
However the second generation of the Sports Activity Coupe BMW X6 and the BMW X3 are now being produced, and have been recently joined in spartanburg by the BMW X4 Sports Activity Coupe, a smaller-like X6 that fills a niche in the segment. another successful X model is the BMW X1, offered with both a rear-wheel drive and xDrive configuration. The BMW X7 (codename G07), an exceptionally large and luxurious model, is under development and will be launched in the late 2018. while not confirmed, our sources hint at a BMW X2 as well.
Still to this day, more than 3.3 million BMW X models have been sold worldwide. almost every third are newly registered vehicle of the brand is now a BMW X model.
Uncompromising driving pleasure - Also in four-wheel drive models.
The BMW X5 made an impressive start with a driving experience that was unique to models of the brand. It was characterized above all by the high seating position and excellent handling both on the road and on off-road terrain. This was supplemented by the exceptionally spacious, variably utilizable and luxuriously equipped interior. From the very start, the unique position of the BMW X5 within the competitive environment of off-road vehicles was a result of its unparalleled during dynamics. As opposed to conventional off-roaders, the BMW X5 featured a self-supporting safety body shell and independent suspension. The four-wheel drive system distributed drive torque to the front and rear wheels at a ratio of 38:62%. The BMW X5 was equipped not only for sporty motoring, but also for the challenges of driving on/off road.
From the beginning, power transmission to all four-wheels was deployed by BMW not merely to optimise traction on unpaved roads and in adverse weather conditions, but also to enhance driving dynamics when taking bends. therefore, in the case of the current models equipped with the intelligent four-wheel drive feature xDrive, and in contrast to other manufacturers who use four-wheel drive predominantly to compensate for traction losses experienced on front-wheel drive vehicles, BMW consistently adheres to the typical characteristics of the rear-wheel drive concept. In this way, even in normal driving situations most of the torque is transferred to where its optimally transformed into vehicle dynamics - the rear wheels. As a result, the steering precision that is characteristic of a BMW also remains virtually free from drivetrain influences on four-wheel drive models. Moreover, when cornering at higher speeds, response is optimized through a targeted increase in torque to the rear wheels.