Mitsubishi has, in fact, announced that its soon-to-be-released new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. It is going to use an evolved version of the Super-All Wheels Control (S-AWC) system. The system will go on to further enhance the driving experience of this compact SUV.
Mitsubishi All-Wheel Control Technology
The S-AWC is Mitsubishi’s all-wheel control technology is offering the integrated control of Active Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Active Yaw Control (AYC). It does control the left and right wheels via braking.
Braking Control System
In fact, the first version of S-AWC is using a braking control system. This will control the brake forces in the left and right wheels only on the front. Moreover, the evolved version is going to control the brake forces also in the rear wheels.
However, it is difficult to judge how much it will improve the driving capabilities of the vehicle. Also off-road, but it will be noticeable in more challenging conditions.
“In fact, the all-new Outlander PHEV model does employ a twin-motor 4WD. That would consist of one motor at the front and then another one at the rear of the vehicle. Thus by taking advantage of the electric motors’ signature high response, high precision and freedom in controlling the front and rear motors, the system ideally distributes the driving force between the front and rear wheels based on road and driving conditions.
The S-AWC does increase vehicle maneuverability in driving, also cornering and braking. Thus standard models do employ a braking control system to then control the brake forces in the left and right wheels. It would be only on the front. But the advanced S-AWC does add a braking control system for the rear wheels. Moreover, it does reduce the load on the front wheels and is making it possible to extract the maximum performance from all four tires. This would be in a more balanced manner. Therefore delivering the handling true to the driver’s intention for safe, secure and comfortable driving in many conditions.”