The Fiat Chrysler Smart All-Wheel Drive: Perfect for Winter Driving
With all the snow and ice on the roads this winter – and sadly, the beginning of spring as well – weather safety should be your top priority. Thankfully Mancari’s and Fiat Chrysler has got you covered – our smart all-wheel drive system is completely changing the way you drive.
Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles now come with unique smart all-wheel drive systems. Depending on road conditions, these cars automatically switch between front and rear two-wheel drive without needing the driver’s manual go-ahead.
The system has a power transfer unit that uses the wheels based on need, meaning as soon as the car’s electronic systems detect difficult road conditions – like ice and snow – the all-wheel drive kicks in. It also automatically disconnects as well so unnecessary mechanical systems aren’t on unless they need to be. This automatic, intelligent use of resources not only keeps you and your family safer, but it also dramatically increases the fuel economy.
The Chrysler 200 is the first in its class to have a disconnecting all-wheel drive system. With optional all-wheel drive, it has better traction and more enhanced driving dynamics. Sensors on the vehicle help direct the controls, so they distribute torque more smoothly – as much as sixty percent of torque can transfer to the rear wheels.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan’s smart all-wheel drive system uses transfer-case and front-axle-disconnect technologies, which together improve handling and fuel efficiency. It automatically disconnects and reconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy, giving the Chrysler 300 a highway rating of 27 miles per gallon – the best in its class for all-wheel drive.
The Wrangler, Ram, and Durango systems are all designed for efficient towing as well. The Dodge Durango comes with a full-time all-wheel drive system and a low-range transfer case with a neutral position. In the Wrangler and Ram trucks the transfer case, when fitted with low-range gears, helps the engine supply maximum torque to the back wheels. These features make it easier to maneuver a vehicle when towing a boat or trailer, so you can turn corners or reverse without worry.
Much like Wranglers and Rams, the Grand Cherokee also has a range of transfer cases, including ones with low range gears – but with an added twist. The 2015 Grand Cherokee has an electronically-controlled rear differential, which uses an electric clutch to split power between the left and right rear wheels, giving it a better road grip.
The 2015 Jeep Cherokees have a powertrain unit that sends power through a clutch so it can fully disconnect the rear axle, which significantly improves fuel economy. You have two options here: Active Drive I has a single powertrain unit on the front axle, allowing fully automatic four-wheel drive at any speed, available on the Cherokee Sport, Latitude, and Limited models. The other option is Active Drive II on just the Cherokee Sport and Latitude models, which has a 2-speed powertrain unit with torque management.
But whatever car you choose, when it comes to wintery roads, stick with Fiat-Chrysler. Grandma’s house, here we come.