Mitsubishi’s top-level Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system is always active for four-wheel traction and control, while 4×4 is the traditional four-wheel power system that often needs to be engaged, usually found on large vehicles. Between AWC, S-AWC, AWD, and 4×4, there’s a lot of acronyms in the automotive industry, and they can be confusing, especially with how they differ—but that’s where we at West Side Mitsubishi come in. Read on and learn about what S-AWC and 4×4 is, and how they are similar and different.
What is S-AWC?
Super All-Wheel Control is the gold standard of Mitsubishi driving ingenuity. This homegrown system was made to facilitate control, handling and stability in less-than-favourable conditions. S-AWC was inspired by the Mitsubishi rally racing past, injecting motorsport utility into your Mitsubishi, making it fit for everything from your commute to errand-running to weekend adventures. This ongoing system is always on, ready to save the day for you and your vehicle as soon as you come into contact with rigorous road conditions. When you need something a little more exact, manual drive modes can be selected, such as Snow and Gravel, among a handful of others depending on your model.
What is 4×4?
4×4 is the classic system you’ve most likely heard of before, delivering extra power to a vehicle’s wheels, usually found in tough off-roading trucks or SUVs. This is the technology that Mitsubishi’s S-AWC has built upon and made even better for the modern driver. Traditionally, unlike current AWD systems like Mitsubishi’s, the 4×4 drive on a vehicle needs to be activated (unless there’s an auto mode) when needed by the driver. That means with a 4×4 system you need to keep extra care for when your vehicle should switch from a two-wheel drive mode, and vice-versa. 4×4 drive types are more oriented toward off-road situations, unlike the standard AWD system meant for road driving during varying weather conditions. Either way, both systems aim to provide a high-level power and control to your vehicle’s wheels, however it is deployed.