BMW bringing their X-Drive to 3 and 5 series this year, will we see 4matic now?

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    This is the BMW press release dicussing the MY2012 line up and and engine changes, and if you notice they are bringing their xi and xd models to the 3 and 5 series starting this year.

    Do you think that this will force Mercedes to bring 4matic options to the UK??
    A 350cdi 4matic estate would certainly have me ordering a new car.

    C'mon Mercedes, you have no choice now!! :D


     
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    That looks like a North America press release ..
     
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    If they bring out a 4matic E Class with the V8 diesel engine, I will buy one. That car would cover every single aspect what I want/need in a car.

    Anyone else?

    1.Sweetpea.
     
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    Apparently it is the UK release. Someone from BMW UK said in response to it that it was 'after customers in the North of the UK asking for them over the colder winters.'
     
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    It's the global release, with no market-specific information.
     
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    I think you're right, it was being posted with a comment from someone from BMW UK saying 'due to customer pressure we have decided to blah...blah...blah.....'
    However, reading the press release surely they would be shouting about RHD models now getting xDrive cars if it were the case.

    Oh well, let's wait another 20 years and see what happens.

    My cousin had a e320 4matic, and with winter tyres on it was seriously impressive, he lived in the mountains just outside Geneva and used to come down the pass on fresh snow as if there had been a bit of rain over night, impressive if a little scary! :eek:
     
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    Interesting that the automatics are more efficient than the manuals. I'd read that they'd started to match the manuals when the 8 speeds were making an appearance, but to exceed them is quite something.
     
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    Roger that Sweetpea :thumb:
     
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    Especially if the system allows you to select when the front axle is driven.
     
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    That would be ideal as a normal rear drive drive train has a lovely feel about it. However the additional security of an awd is so good especially where I am from. How much more adverse is awd on fuel. And a question to gizze and sweetpea if you really want four wheel drive estates how come you didn't buy Audi quattro models and/or why did you get rid of them for rear drivers?
     
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    Reasons not to buy an Audi;
    1. The first I bought was an A6. It cost me a fortune in repairs over a year.
    2. Like an idiot, I bought another but newer with lower mileage. The cambelt snapped and from that day forth I vowed to never buy anything belt-driven again.
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    4. I would rather buy the Skoda Superb 4x4, saving about £15k in the process.
    5. It's an Audi.
     
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    My last one was this...

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    And I got rid of it because it is an Audi, just so damned dull to drive, no feeling from the steering at all, understeers to the point where it is laughable, and after a few weeks the boredom set in.

    The 4matic drives just like a normal Merc, you can sort of tell its AWD, but still feels very Merc.
    Same with the BMW, still feels every bit BMW and it is pretty hard to tell that it is not RWD.
    And the Audi still feels typical Audi, ie dull.


    I just think an E350cdi estate 4matic would be all the car you ever need.
     
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    I had an A4 2.8 Quattro Avant.

    The automatic reduced the performance to that of a 2 litre 4.

    The car communicated nothing of the road other than the suspension being made of concrete. It was one of the most inert driving experiences of my life.

    My second A4 was less inert, but it still felt nothing like as developed a car as a BMW or Mercedes.

    The dealer was a miserable sod too.
     
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    That good. Didn't realise the engines in the v6 tdi were belt driven...I drove the s6 and liked the way it drove-it was a wet day. Ride seemed ok steering accurate but very dead
     
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    Don't be too harsh on him. You'd be a miserable sod too if you had to go to work every day and deal with Audis....
     
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