• 2022 BMW M135i xDrive

The M135i has been given some mechanical updates to make it even better than before

Maybe it doesn’t have what it needs to stand up against cars like the Volkswagen Golf R or the Mercedes-AMG A35, but the M135i xDrive is surely trying its best to catch up. After only three years on the market, the compact hot hatch received a series of mechanical updates that will make it even more enjoyable during everyday driving and on the track.

What’s different on the 2022 BMW M135i xDrive?

2022 BMW M135i xDrive Exterior
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The M135i xDrive will also benefit from a mechanical limited-slip differential at the front axle

We will start with what hasn’t been changed in the M135i xDrive: the engine. The car keeps the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that delivers a total of 306 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission and sends its power to all four wheels.

The first changes include increased camber for the front wheels.

This way, the M135i offers a better absorption of lateral forces during hard cornering. BMW also opted for new suspension mounts and recalibrated spring and damping systems. All these changes will reduce body roll during cornering.

2022 BMW M135i xDrive Exterior
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First, the car offers increased camber for the front wheels - for a better absorption of lateral forces during hard cornering

The M135i xDrive will also benefit from a mechanical limited-slip differential at the front axle, which enhances traction and directional stability along with agility and cornering dynamics.

And, one of the most interesting updates offered by the M135i comes on the inside.

A simulated sound, similar to the one produced by the four-cylinder engine is being carefully amplified through the audio system’s speakers.

With this move, BMW hopes to provide further excitement for occupants.

2022 BMW M135i xDrive Interior
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On the interior, a simulated engine sound will be carefully amplified through the audio system’s speakers

The model can also be ordered with a new lineup of exterior colors, including the M paint shade Sao Paulo Yellow non-metallic, as well as the Frozen Orange metallic and Frozen Pure Grey finishes.

As standard, the M135i xDrive rides on 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, but 19-inch light-alloy wheels, in a variety of designs, are offered as an option.

Alina Moore
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