Mitsubishi All-Wheel Control (AWC)


All-Wheel Control is Mitsubishi's proprietary handling system that provides enhanced vehicle control in a variety of conditions, and when paired with winter tires can often be the driver's best means of avoiding collisions.

With a drop in temperature and the winter season soon upon us, the importance of proper vehicle safety becomes more relevant than ever. Snow, sleet, rain, and icy conditions can cause loss of traction, and without the proper means of control, can ultimately result in an accident.


Fortunately at London Mitsubishi select models come equipped with additional protection from the elements in the form of All-Wheel Control.


The 3 models that currently use our All-Wheel Control System are the Mitsubishi Lancer, RVR, and Outlander. All of which are available for a test drive at our dealership.


It should be noted that though the systems' purposes remain the same, the way in which it's incorporated into each of the three models varies. Below we've described just a few of the ways AWC can differ between Mitsubishi models and the benefits they provide.



Mitsubishi Lancer



Renowned for its performance and handling, the Mitsubishi Lancer is now bolder than ever with the addition of the most sophisticated AWC system made available by Mitsubishi. 


The front to rear torque split is managed by the electronically controlled hydraulic clutches found in the Active Center Differential (ACD). The LSD (Limited Slip Differential) constantly biases torque to the front wheel that has the most traction allowing the driver to accelerate earlier out of a turn as well as exit one at a higher speed without losing grip providing added saftey during hazordous travel.



Mitsubishi RVR


The AWC system employed by the RVR uses electronically controlled clutches to direct torque from the front axle to the rear axle whenever traction is reduced.


The All Wheel Control function in the RVR is broken down to 3 settings.

First the 2WD function, which is recommended for navigation during normal weather conditions.


Secondly, the 4WD Automatic function for enhanced traction and high speed stability and lastly the 4WD lock which is optimized for slippery conditions such as snow, slush or any sort of surface which requires maximum traction.




Mitsubishi Outlander



Super All-Weel Control (S-AWC) is an Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System that realizes the AWC concept at a very high level.


The S-AWC incorporated in the new Mitsubishi Outlander adds Active Yaw Control (AYC), which manages brake functions and regulates the power distributed between the right and left wheels, ultimately enhancing the turning and stability whenever the vehicle is navigating less than desirable surfaces.



The S-AWC drivetrain itself is split into four modes of operation:


AWC ECO feeds power to front wheels only enhancing fuel efficiency in standard driving conditions.


NORMAL feeds torque to each wheel and will self regulate according to weather conditions.


SNOW provides enhanced traction and handling while driving on icy surfaces.


LOCK provides the full capabilities of 4WD all-terrain performance.