The Difference Between AWD and 4×4 and the importance of training. Mitsubishi is a versatile vehicle which makes it perfect for any terrain in South Africa. This is the reason why it is important that when buying a 4×4 or AWD Mitsubishi, we send you on a 4×4 Accredited Mitsubishi Off-road training session with your vehicle.
Let us explain the difference between AWD (All Wheel Drive) and 4×4. When your vehicle, like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Outlander, is an AWD vehicle it directs power to all four wheels. All Wheel Drive describes vehicles that have a four-wheel drive system designed to maximise road traction, for example on slippery roads. It is seen as a safety feature in the vehicle.
A 4×4 vehicle, also called 4×4 (4WD) or 4-by-4, means a system in which a car’s engine powers all 4 wheels evenly. This is the more traditional system that comes to mind when most people think of drivetrains that power all four of a vehicle’s wheels. It is not surprising since the principle goes back almost to the beginning of motor transportation.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse cross range offers customers a stylish- Sporty SUV but not limited only to town driving. This stylish beast comes with an All-wheel Drive capability which allows for the vehicle to be driven on off road terrain offering you both a smooth city drive and 4×4 driver experience. This feature is just a plus to the vehicle.
The Eclipse Cross inspires complete confidence in challenging environments. Whether navigating winding roads or snowy conditions, the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) # system supplies optimal torque to the wheels for enhanced vehicle dynamics. S-AWC integrates Mitsubishi’s proprietary Active Yaw Control (AYC), which uses braking to optimally distribute torque to the left and right wheels. You can select the NORMAL, SNOW or GRAVEL drive mode depending on road conditions to enhance turning accuracy, straight-line stability, and manoeuvrability on slippery roads. An indicator in the multi-information display instrument panel always keeps you informed of S-AWC status.
Eclipse Cross is available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides smooth, powerful acceleration and outstanding fuel efficiency. For hands on control, 8-speed Sports Mode creates the satisfying sensation of shifting gears. Paddle shifters are mounted within easy reach to allow you to enjoy Sports Mode while keeping both hands safely on the wheel. Shifting is quick and easy, with the current gear position clearly shown on the multi-information display.
The Mitsubishi 4×4 training academy usually involves learning to drive across various types of obstacles. Make sure you spend as much time as you can in each driving scenario, learning how your 4×4 or AWD feels and how it responds at any given time depending on the surface you are on.