We’re not sure as to how many of BMW owners would actually dare to take their SUVs off the beaten track to experience the xDrive technology the German manufacturer offers on its range of automobiles. So BMW decided to make the case easier and well, less scarier by organizing an xDrive event in Mumbai for its customers and the media alike.
Held at the High Street Phoenix Mall, articulation humps and ramps were put up for challenge to the likes of the BMW X3, X5 and the behemoth X6 to demonstrate the capabilities of the xDrive technology. Also part of the test was a thrilling 45 degree incline which the SUVs driven by expert BMW drivers managed to cross with minimum fuss.
Under the expert guidance of BMW trainers who were constantly communicating and guiding the drivers by way of walkie-talkies to tackle the obstacles with least of efforts and yes, apprehensions too. And though the event was held in a mall yard, it managed to keep us thrilled- and the success of driving the SUVs over the ramps was evident on the grinning faces of the drivers.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President BMW India, in a press statement said, “BMW Group is a pioneer in creating new vehicle segments. The entire Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) was created by BMW. The BMW xDrive is one of the most advanced examples of a four-wheel drive systems in use today’s world. With the BMW xDrive Tour across India, BMW India is happy to give customers an opportunity to experience the exhilarating superiority of the BMW X range of SAVs in a challenging and exciting environment.”
On the tech-bits, the xDrive is basically an intelligent four wheel drive system with rear-wheel bias for surefooted grip on slick or uneven roads, without sacrificing the feel of rear-wheel drive. It smartly sends power to the wheel or wheels with the surest footing—and it does so in milliseconds. That means under normal conditions, drive forces are spread out with a rear-wheel bias. But the moment the system senses excessive wheel slip, it subtly shifts torque to meet the changing conditions, offering maximum available traction and superior handling on all surfaces. The torque distribution was amply demonstrated and we could see that a particular wheel in the air while going over the ramp had no spin whatsoever.
Being in the car or just outside watching them glide over the hurdles- it was a day well spent in the company of some very desirable BMW automobiles.