The distribution of torque, active differential, directional stability, optimum understeer – why all this to hammer down the already tired man-a humanist or a large housewife, torn between home, school and kindergarten? Perhaps there is no need, but still to this question is exhaustively answered by the representatives of Mitsubishi, demonstrating to journalists the possibility of all-wheel drive system S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) on the ice of the Ural lake Baltym.
Last year the demand for cars of Mitsubishi in the Russian market increased almost two times compared with the 2017-th (45 vs 24 390 325 sold cars). It is no secret that crossovers of this Japanese manufacturer are most often considered by the buyers as a family car. There is a common opinion that in such machines all-wheel drive is a waste of money. And then there’s the Mitsubishi offers urban SUV with a very smart super 4×4 system that are inherited, incidentally, from the legendary Lancer Evolution.
Why is a housewife
Indeed, neither the locomotive of sales of the brand Outlander or novice Eclipse Cross, equipped with S-AWC, not willing to boost serious off-road and certainly far from sporty ambitions. Then why the housewife to pay more for this feature when buying the usual urban family SUV?
The idea is that in certain road conditions, the system S-AWC extends the crossover and provides additional security. This does not mean that the standard version of the extreme situation on what can not. But in some situations, such “smart” features were designed to help the driver more controlled acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle and increasing its stability.
Just as the representatives of Mitsubishi and was aimed to demonstrate the difference in the driving on the ice test near Yekaterinburg.
How it works
The Outlander GT in the work of the S-AWC is involved, power steering, brake function, the electronically controlled coupling and the rear axle active front differential that allows you to adjust the optimal torque distribution between the front wheels.
At Eclipse Cross front differential is not active, and sociable, and the distribution of traction is provided by the braking system. In any event, the function S-AWC uses integrated data on the engine torque, the degree of depression of the accelerator pedal and the rotation speed of each wheel.
For example, when the right and left “rollers” there is a heterogeneous coating, S-AWC directs torque where better traction. This reduces the likelihood of demolition of the car to the side.
This can happen on slippery uphill at the start with snow on the curb at the exit with slippery roads when it is necessary to sharply accelerate to join the flow. In the latter case, the system gives the possibility to use the dynamic potential of the crossover to the fullest.
On the ice
On the icy surface we had a good opportunity to test the S-AWC on the arcs of different radius, and when driving the “snake” and the trajectory “eight”. Despite threats by disgruntled local fishermen, whose rest we have broken, Ural ice has successfully passed the maneuvers studded “Japanese”, and “scratched” it mercilessly. But the important thing is that, according to the natives, fish and crazy with our noise, but pecked steadily.
But we were able to verify that, indeed, the “Outlander” with the system S-AWC is much more likely reduces the turning radius and much less prone to drift.
When entering the arc in the process of braking the system slightly decelerates the movement of the inner front wheel. Then torque increases at the rear axle for a more effective distribution of traction to all wheels. But with the acceleration in the final stage of the arc he aktiviziruyutsya on the rear axle and on the outer front wheel, thus controlling the thrust vector and enabling them to successfully pass the rotation.
In real extreme conditions on a slippery road, all these complex actions of the system will save precious meters and centimeters that can really save you from a serious accident.
What is the difference
Just for the sake of justice we will note, the smart function manifests itself much more in the Mitsubishi Outlander GT with 3-liter V6 and six-speed “automatic” than in the Eclipse Cross with a 1.5-liter turboservice and stepless variator. Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that these models, as mentioned above, various type front differential.
As for the four driving modes of the system S-AWC, the behavior of the car remained the same, regardless of its setting. “Outlander” on the ice did the same in position AWD-Eco, Normal, Snow and Lock. A similar situation was observed with “Eclipses”, which has only three modes. However, outside of the ice site, the standard for both conditions, this difference is almost imperceptible.
In any case, the main issue when selecting your vehicle equipment, the majority of our compatriots is the correlation of features with its cost.
Outlander the initial version of the Invite with a 2-liter engine with power of 146 BHP with 4×4 drive AWC more expensive than monoprivodnom picking by as much as 109 000 1 854 000 against 1 743 000.
Configuration with the 2.4-liter engine producing 167 HP will cost at least 2 126 000 wood. Such variants are also equipped with only a simple function of 4×4 and AWC.
And the minimum price of the Outlander GT from smart system S-AWC starts at 2 462 000 “wooden”. It remains to be seen why peaceful family chariot need a delicious 3-liter V6 power of 277 HP? Because not all father and mother used trailers and campers.
This is a logical question Mitsubishi representatives said that at present, just the possibility to equip the system S-AWC more democratic options “Outlander” with a 2.4-liter engine. So while additional security features are going to load to maximum number of horses.
But with our economic approach and with the traditionally skeptical attitude to any kind of electronic assistants, I’m sure many will prefer the extra size than the “smart” technology. For example, for the same 2 439 000 “wooden” you can buy more capacious all-wheel-drive Hyundai Grand Santa Fe with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel rated at 200 HP
As for the Eclipse Cross, in contrast to the “Out” all of the 4×4 version is equipped with S-AWC. The difference in price with peredneprivodnyh options is 142 000 rubles (2 000 to 1 039 890 000). Not all classmates can boast of such a potential.