Explaination of Mitsubishi AWC Technology


The most affordable vehicle in the Mitsubishi line-up with AWC is the RVR. The AWC system employed by the RVR is similar to the system used in the All-Wheel-Control (AWC) Outlander ES & LS. It uses an electronically controlled series of clutches to direct torque from the front axle to the rear axle when slip is detected.

AWC as used in these applications has three settings:

2WD – for economical driving on normal dry roads and freeways.

4WD AUTO – for enhanced traction, high speed stability and predictable handling.

4WD LOCK – for driving in slippery conditions such as on snow-covered roads or sand when slip is anticipated and maximum traction is required.

Competitive Note: 4WD Auto is comparable to the full-time AWD system utilized in Subaru’s vehicle line-up.


Super All-Wheel Control builds on the Mitsubishi Motors AWC technology with the addition of torque vectoring capabilities.

Q.What is torque vectoring?

A.Torque vectoring is the ability to send the torque from left to right.This is done to manage under-steer or over-steer – without applying the brakes (as done with stability control). It is just one more way that our vehicles have been developed to deliver a superior driving experience.

The Outlander XLS features S-AWC with torque vectoring capabilities at the front axle. The Active Front Differential (AFD) manages the left/right torque split, directing torque to the outside front wheel when under-steer is detected. This reduces under-steer and enhances the dynamic handling capabilities of the Outlander.

As with conventional AWD systems the front to rear torque split is managed by the electronic coupling in the rear differential. The benefits are:

-Improved cornering performance

-Improved stability

-Enhanced road performance

AWC explaination diagram

The Outlander XLS delivers exceptional capabilities as the result of one of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems in the segment.

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