Posts Tagged: AWD

Road Test: 2014 Volvo XC60 D5 AWD
By November 18, 2013 Read More →

Road Test: 2014 Volvo XC60 D5 AWD

Volvo has updated its best-selling model, the Volvo XC60 for the model year 2014. We took a test drive with the XC60 D5 AWD which is the top-of-the-range of the diesel lineup. There are many new features and new looks, but Volvo XC60 still still feels very familiar. What makes all Volvo cars great is that it always welcomes you warmly. Even if you haven’t driven one before, Volvo is very easy to get acquainted with.

Dodge Charger AWD Sport for winter
By December 22, 2012 Read More →

Dodge Charger AWD Sport for winter

Dodge is launching the all-new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport just in time to deliver tactical performance and efficiency to combat the winter driving conditions. Building on the success of the rear-wheel drive and blacked-out styled Dodge Charger Blacktop, the new 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport provides a new frontier for the Dodge brand to expand the ominous style, world-class performance and enthusiast-desired technologies into the Charger AWD model range.

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Buick Encore gets lighter, smoother and more responsive all-wheel drive system
By November 21, 2012 Read More →

Buick Encore gets lighter, smoother and more responsive all-wheel drive system

Buick Encore arrives early next year as the brand’s first entry into the burgeoning small crossover segment. Encore’s “Active On-Demand” all-wheel drive is designed to give the vehicle the fluid drive characteristics and sure-footed traction Buick drivers expect but in a smaller, lighter package. Unlike traditional systems that engage all four drive wheels after slip is detected, Encore uses a magnetic charge to engage a clutch at the rear axle preemptively when the vehicle is at rest because slippage is most likely to occur just as the vehicle begins to move. If no slip is detected, a computer control automatically disengages the preemptive torque to the clutch once the Encore is underway, returning the system to a primarily front-drive operation.

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Advanced AWD system available for 2013 Dodge Charger
By October 21, 2012 Read More →

Advanced AWD system available for 2013 Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger’s AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Dodge Charger AWD with the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivers best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (19/27 mpg). The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 370 horsepower with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology is also available with the all-wheel drive system. Dodge Charger’s AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

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Jaguar’s AWD system
By September 8, 2012 Read More →

Jaguar’s AWD system

Jaguar is offering a new AWD system for the 2013 XF and XJ models. In order to accommodate this All-Wheel Drive hardware in both the XF and XJ, a new front subframe, cross member, engine mounts and exhaust system have been engineered. The system has been optimally packaged with the front driveshafts running through the engine sump for a lower centre of gravity. The engine itself receives a recalibrated ECU to allow it to communicate with the active transfer case while under-bonnet modifications have been carried out to the fuel lines, hoses, air intake and exhaust to accept the new systems. A new engine undertray and heatshield incorporates a transmission tunnel acoustic pack to ensure refinement is identical to the rear-wheel drive models.

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Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar
By September 3, 2012 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar

The most powerful engine variant available for Volvo S60 is the 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine known as the T6. As standard, it produces 304 horsepower and 440 Newton metres of torque. This provides quite a good performance for the Volvo S60. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 6,1 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h. This kind of performance is usually enough for all your driving needs. But no matter how fast your car is, as the time goes by, you get used to its performance and the car may start to feel just a bit slow. Luckily, this kind of problem can be solved quite easily especially when you have a turbocharged engine. By tweaking the engine management system, you can have a nice improvement in the engine’s power output. However, with a chip tuning there is always a little risk that you don’t want to take, especially when you have a new car.

Road Test: 2012 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD Ocean Race Edition
By December 5, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2012 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD Ocean Race Edition

Volvo XC70 has been updated with some minor exterior changes. The headlamps have been redesigned and Active Xenon headlights are now available as an option. There is also a new body colour (Twilight Bronze) and a new wheel design available. Instead of the these exterior updates, there is more important things happening inside the car. The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been equipped with the new Sensus-infotainment system and new safety technologies like the City Safety system that comes as standard and the Pedestrian Detection that is available as an option. Also the twinturbo five-cylinder diesel, the D5, has been upgraded to deliver a bit more power.

Road Test: 2011 Volvo V60 T6 AWD
By February 21, 2011 Read More →

Road Test: 2011 Volvo V60 T6 AWD

Now there’s a new wagon model in the Volvo lineup. The all-new V60 is based on the S60 sedan and technically cars are pretty much the same, V60 offers just a bit bigger boot. Well, actually the difference between S60 and V60 is quite marginal when comparing the cargo space. The S60 has a load capacity of 380 litres, while V60 offers 430 litres to window line. The cargo space is increased to 557 litres when loaded to the roof and with rear seats dropped, capacity is boosted to 1241 litres. So V60 is by no means the most capacious Volvo estate car and even Volvo admits that. But it was never designed to be. Instead it is the most stylish and by far the best to drive. However, as being an estate car, it does have all the handy functionality for which Volvo wagons are famed.

BMW xDrive on All Engine Variants of the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
By April 15, 2010 Read More →

BMW xDrive on All Engine Variants of the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

BMW is consistently enlarging its wide range of all-wheel-drive models. Starting in June and, respectively, September 2010, all engine variants of the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo will also be available with intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology. And also starting in September, the BMW 740d xDrive will become the top diesel in the luxury sedan class […]

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