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Why Mitsubishi's AWC Is Better Than AWD

Mitsubishi Motors has mastered the philosophy of all-wheel drive (AWD)--but don't call it that!

Back in 2001, Mitsubishi Motors developed its very own in-house brand, All-Wheel Control (AWC) to define the four-wheel drive systems used by the Japanese auto maker.

All-Wheel Control was first used in the Lancer Evolution VII. As technology continues to develop, Mitsubishi launched another version, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), which was, and continues to be, inspired by the brands long ties to the motor rally world. The technology used mimics high-intensity motor sports and rallying to give drivers exceptional performance and response while out on the road.

Today, Mitsubishi continues to produce some of the most dynamic sports cars, SUVS and crossovers available and the evolution of the AWC doesn't stop here.

So, what are the benefits of Mitsubishi's unique four-wheel drive system?


AWC 101: Class is in Session


By definition, all-wheel drive is a powertrain with a front, centre, and rear differential which provide power to all four wheels of the vehicle, whether automatically or by driver input. On the contrary, four-wheel drive mobilizes two differentials and a transfer case to provide power to all four wheels.

So, then what exactly does Mitsubishi's AWC do?

According to Mitsubishi, the AWC system delivers power to all four wheels, but in a means that provides the maximum amount of power and performance to the driver, while staying completely balanced. In other words, Mitsubishi has reflected on its colourful rally history to develop a very specific all-wheel drive that goes above and beyond the limitations of what other brands deliver, with the end result being new Mitsubishi vehicles can go faster, grip the road better and last longer, all the while offering a smooth and efficient ride.


How Does AWC Work?


In order to operate as a unique all-wheel drive system, Mitsubishi's AWC integrates many of the brands best performance technologies, like 4WD drivetrains, suspension and braking systems, and stability and traction control systems. The end result is a very unique all-wheel drive system that gives you elevated performance and agility, especially on winding roads.


AWC In Popular Mitsubishi Models


Mitsubishi's AWC system is the direct result of a series of upgrades. In 1996, the brand developed the world's first Active Yaw Control (YAW) and implemented it on the Lancer Evolution IV. From there, the Lancer Evolution VII received integrated AYC in 2001 alongside a newly developed Active Centre Differential (ACD). Steering control and average response times improved with both technologies in place, and with the enlightenment of how various technologies working together yields better results, the birth of Mitsubishi's AWC arrived.

Today, the popular AWC technology is prevalent in many popular models, like the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander comes equipped with Super All-Wheel Control. This advanced version of the AWC system has been used from 2007 onwards in select models. It combines its active centre differential (ACD) control, anti-lock braking system (ABS) components, active yaw control (AYC), and various other elements to increase braking and traction control on each wheel, resulting in elevated driving power and stability. The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer offers available AWC, giving drivers the option to incorporate the technology into their everyday driving habits.
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