Small sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are growing in popularity. In the compact SUV segment, BorgWarner is strengthening its presence by supplying one long-term partner with its GenV all-wheel drive (AWD) coupling. Since late 2018, the company’s modular solution has provide an ideal balance between sporty dynamics and improved efficiency for BMW XDrive, which is used in several vehicle models, such as the current BMW X1, X2 and 2 Series Active Tourer as well as the Gran Tourer. The same system also is featured in some MINI models – the Countryman and the Clubman. Featuring advanced electronic controls, BorgWarner’s GenV AWD coupling meets driver’s demands for a fun-to-drive experience, optimal traction and stability.
BorgWarner is expanding into the fast-growing small premium SUV segment with its GenV all-wheel drive coupling.
“At BorgWarner, we are very pleased to provide our advanced GenV technology for the BMW Group,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “With our advanced AWD technology, we support our customer in reaching new levels of efficiency and dynamic performance. The GenV system for the BMW Group features a highly innovative efficiency valve which minimizes internal losses by actively controlling the oil level in the system.”
BorgWarner’s AWD coupling employs a hydraulic actuator to apply variable force to the clutch package using hydraulic pressure and a working piston. By monitoring the working pressure within the system, the torque transfer can be controlled so precisely that the power of the AWD system can be adapted to the current driving situation. The fifth-generation technology introduces a centrifugal pump, which replaces the accumulator, filter and pressure control valve in the previous generation. This innovation reduces the overall weight of the technology while improving the system’s performance. With its compact and lightweight design, BorgWarner’s GenV technology reduces vehicle complexity and simplifies integration into the powertrain. This leads to enhanced traction as well as extremely precise and stable handling. The company’s AWD solution also allows immediate response and high-torque capacity, providing exceptionally dynamic performance and enhanced driving pleasure, said the company.
BorgWarner’s technology also is suitable for mild hybrid vehicles. This is yet another solution the company offers to actively promote new mobility concepts for a cleaner and more energy-efficient future.