What Is Mitsubishi S-AWC?

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South Dakota roads are no stranger to loose gravel and icy, winter weather. That’s why it’s important to have a vehicle with all-wheel drive (AWD), or better yet, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC). But in a choice between S-AWC vs. AWD which system has more advantages? Join Vern Eide Mitsubishi as we explain S-AWC and you can judge for yourself which drivetrain provides Sioux Falls drivers with more traction and responsive handling.

Mitsubishi S-AWC Explained

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Super All-Wheel Control is Mitsubishi innovation at its highest level. This Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System manages both the driving and braking forces of all four wheels to help anticipate the vehicle’s behavior during various driving conditions, while also staying true to the operation of the driver. S-AWC consists of three areas of operation and we’ve broken each one down to further explain the S-AWC drivetrain.

  1. Active Center Differential (ACD): ACD uses a hydraulic multi-plate clutch to actively monitor front-wheel and rear-wheel torque in order to create an optimum balance between steering response and traction.

  3. Active Yaw Control (AYC): AYC is similar to a limited slip differential at the rear axle, controlling the brakes and power steering in real time.

  5. Active Stability Control (ASC): If ASC detects traction loss due to slippery roads or a sudden steering wheel movement, braking force is applied to one or more wheels, while engine power is adjusted automatically to help maintain control of the vehicle.

Not only can Mitsubishi S-AWC increase vehicle stability during slick road conditions, but it can also help with everyday driving maneuvers like lane changes and cornering. S-AWC and the Drive Mode Selector put four different scenarios at the push of a button.

  • NORMAL: In this mode, S-AWC will respond in real time to the driving conditions and distribute the optimum amount of torque to each, individual wheel.
  • ECO: In this mode, under normal driving circumstances, S-AWC will send torque only to the front wheels to increase fuel efficiency, but automatically switch to 4WD if there is a change in road conditions or terrain.
  • SNOW: In this mode, S-AWC provides maximum traction and handling on icy, snow-covered, or slick roads.
  • LOCK: The full capabilities of S-AWC are on display in this mode – perfect for driving on loose gravel or uncertain terrain.

Which Mitsubishi Models Have S-AWC?

Most Mitsubishi SUV models can be outfitted with S-AWC, while the Outlander PHEV actually comes standard equipped with this traction-enhancing system. South Dakota drivers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their favorite SUV will keep them safely on the road this winter. If you’d like to know more about S-AWC and its capabilities you’re probably ready for a test drive. Stop into Vern Eide Mitsubishi in Sioux Falls or schedule your test drive online right now.

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