X-Drive basics: What is a BMW SUV capable of?

Not everyone who buys a BMW X-Series SUV is aware of what the vehicle is capable of. And so, BMW organized an event to showcase the capabilities of the X-Series of vehicles – namely the BMW X3, BMW X5 and BMW X6 recently.

X-Drive basics: What is a BMW SUV capable of?

Most customers who buy a BMW SUV are buying it mainly for the snob value and the sheer road presence that an SUV offers. However, all these vehicles are equipped with an intelligent four-wheel drive system, called BMW’s X-Drive that is capable of transferring 100% of the engine’s power to each axle, if it encounters slippery conditions. It also can transmit power between the wheels on a single axle, such that all power goes to the wheel with the maximum grip. Also read: BMW X1 launched at Rs. 27.9 lakh

BMW set up a small test track at DLF Emporio mall in New Delhi, a posh mall that would likely be frequented by its target customers, to showcase the capabilities of the X-series of vehicles. The company had three vehicles lined up – the X3, X5 and X6. All three of them, although different in size, features and functionality, have a common intelligent all-wheel drive system as standard, which can actually take a BMW owner further than he would normally go. Also read: BMW launches new X6 in India at Rs. 78.9 lakh

X-Drive basics: What is a BMW SUV capable of?

The company had set up three different obstacles to showcase the prowess of the vehicles.

The first was a triple undulating ramp that would lift diagonally opposite wheels of the vehicles off the ground. In such a situation, in a normal 4×4 with open differentials, the vehicle would lose all traction as one wheel on each axle would be spinning free. However, in the BMW X-Drive system and electronic differential lock transmits power to the wheels which have traction and allow it to move forward.

The second ramp was a single raised ramp on one side, to tilt the vehicle nearly 40 degrees. As one climbed the ramp, one wheel would hang free, but mid-way the car’s weight would get transferred and it would tip over at an alarming angle – but because of the low centre-of-gravity, there is not danger of a rollover in such SUVs.

The third ramp was the see-saw. The vehicle had to climb a 45-degree incline, which leads on to a see-saw. Midway through the see-saw, the weight gets transferred to the front and the vehicle tips forward, now having to come down a 45 degree descent, which showcased the vehicle’s “hill assist” function. Also read: BMW 3-Series road test and review

BMW plans to take this show to different cities across the country to showcase it to its customers.

Here’s a small video from the event: