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Archive for October, 2015


A Third of All BMWs Now Have xDrive

BMW has made great strides in the all-wheel drive market since it first introduced the concept on its 325i race car some 30 years ago. Now, a third of all BMW vehicles sold around the world are equipped with xDrive, the company’s all-wheel drive system that intelligently distributes power to the wheel that needs it the most. All models, ranging from the 1 Series to the flagship luxury 7 Series have xDrive available. This includes the hybrids and vehicles with horizontally mounted engines. Experience the added control that xDrive provides with a visit to Chapman BMW, your Phoenix BMW dealer.

Sensors Monitor Performance and Make Adjustments

BMW’s integrated chassis management system utilizes sensors to monitor the vehicle’s performance and deliver power where needed. This can either be done by the chassis management system alone, or through integration with dynamic stability control or dynamic performance control, if those features are on the vehicle. The result is complete control of the vehicle during inclement weather or stressful driving conditions. BMW gears its xDrive system to be biased towards the rear wheels. This helps maintain BMW’s precise steering control to provide stability when powering through hairpin corners.

BMW’s xDrive Evolved Through the Years

When first introduced in 1985, BMW’s all wheel drive split the power by a ratio of 37 to 63 between the front and rear wheels. Proper gearing in the transfer case provided a virtual lock between both axles to improve traction. BMW introduced the all-wheel drive system to the 5 Series in 1991, tweaking the ratio of power and developing multi-plate clutches to help make the transfer of power more seamless. Electronic controls were introduced shortly thereafter, providing a more precise response when experiencing challenging driving situations. BMW introduced its first Sport Activity Vehicle, the X5, in 1999, creating further challenges for the engineering team. This all terrain vehicle required more control, so they developed the dynamic stability control system as well as hill descent control. The 2003 introduction of the X3 came in conjunction with the introduction of the xDrive system that not only determined which wheel needs power, but also took into account steering angle, lateral acceleration and understeer.

xDrive Advances to Fit Specific Vehicle Needs

As you might expect, the all-wheel drive needs of an X5 are very different from that of the 7 Series luxury sedan. No one expects a 7 Series driver to take the vehicle off-road, so the xDrive is more finely tuned to handling and performance. It is BMW’s attention to these kind of details that makes the xDrive system the leader in all-wheel performance today. Experience the xDrive yourself by taking a test drive with a visit to Chapman BMW.


People Love Controlling Their Tunes

Many automakers have introduced both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay into their 2016 model years, including BMW. The result is that drivers and passengers can now control a limited number of apps from their car’s touchscreen, including music, phone, messages and other apps appropriate for use behind the wheel. The use of voice controls helps cut down on texting and phone-related accidents, making highways safer and increasing the choices for entertainment. Apps like Pandora and Spotify offer a wide variety of genre-specific music not available on the radio. See the new apps in action by visiting your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW.

Bluetooth Popular for Streaming and Messaging

Bluetooth is available in most vehicles and is another technology that both enhances safety and functionality. By using Bluetooth’s streaming capability, you can play music loaded on your phone or MP3 player. You can also have hands free phone conversations so you can keep your focus solely on the road. Bluetooth also provides access to your phone’s text messages, allowing you to hear and use your voice to create responses or brand new messages. You can control Bluetooth through your steering wheel if your car is outfitted with that function, allowing you to keep your eyes on the highway.

USB Ports Provide Power for Portables

Most vehicles now offer multiple USB ports to make charging your phone, tablet and other mobile devices a snap. Connecting your music player to your audio system via USB also provides better quality audio than what’s available on Bluetooth streaming. Because Bluetooth is a wireless connection, there is some data loss that doesn’t happen with a USB connection. Additionally, most cars now have multiple 12V power ports in both the front and back allowing you to plug in aftermarket chargers for all your devices. Take a look at the BMW lineup at your Phoenix BMW dealer to see just how many charging options exist.

Remote Vehicle Management and Keyless Start Put You in Control

The ability to start your car and control the HVAC system from a remote location is quickly becoming a popular option. Remote Vehicle Management gives you the power to start, stop, unlock, lock and control the temperature of your car through your smartphone. The ability to start your car without leaving the keys inside is particularly popular in cold climates where its good to let the car run for a bit before taking off. Chapman BMW has a complete lineup of vehicles with remote management for your inspection.