Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Perfect SUV for the Snow

At Mitsubishi, there are no all-wheel drive vehicles, but there are vehicles equipped with Super All-Wheel Control. Like the Eclipse Cross. Super AWC is Mitsubishi's advanced all-wheel drive system which takes standard AWD, like that found in many competing makes, and enhances it with superior control at each wheel, responding instantly to changes in traction changes. 

Engineers will tell you that traction control is all about torque vectoring. Torque, the power produced by an engine and compounded by the transmission and axles, is the power delivered to the wheel to make it turn. Controlling that power controls how the vehicle handles changes to the roadway. Normal AWD systems will send the same amount of power to each of the axles and then rely on the vehicle's brakes to slow one or the other wheel on that axle down.  

This primitive style of torque control works fine in rain or light, easy snow. But with heavy snow, ice, or puddles of water, that AWD is too slow to react and doesn't have the capability of compensating for serious losses of traction to any single wheel on the car. More than one wheel losing traction is even worse. With Super AWC, though, changes are made nearly instantly and multiple wheels can be controlled simultaneously and with more than just primitive braking as the mechanism. 

Super All Wheel Control begins at the transmission, where the continuously variable transmission (CVT) receives power from the engine and then sends it to the wheels via a differential and axles. The CVT provides smooth power output with steady, gradually changing degrees of output rather than jumpy, varied output as is found in a constantly-shifting, geared transmission. This smooth power delivery is the beginning of how S-AWC works so well. 

Smooth power delivery means less for mechanical components to deal with and less likelihood of the wheels suddenly slowing or speeding up, losing traction in critical situations. From there, the differential increases the amount of power being sent, but also sends it evenly and changes the amount on the fly, as needed, to maximize traction at any given axle. This smooth changing of power delivery and fast response times for it mean smoother changes for the tires on the road, which maintains traction. 

At the axle, power is further controlled to one side or the other, evening the output during normal driving and lowering or raising it to each wheel individually as conditions change. Small changes made as sensors feel slippage or increase in traction mean that larger changes when total loss of traction are far less likely to happen. These minute, very fast changes mean larger, more stressful changes are not required. 

With Super All-Wheel Control, a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, for example, can hold itself to the road in even the worst of weather. Snow, ice, or whatever else mother nature is throwing down is no match for that kind of excellence.  

After that, it's the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross' excellent versatility, great looks, and comfortable ride that win the day.

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