Mitsubishi All-Wheel Control (AWC)

 2WD, 4WD, S-AWC image with tires speeding on snow

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.



In Canada, especially in winter, 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 models that currently use our All-Wheel Control System are the Mitsubishi Lancer, RVR, Outlander, Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross (coming soon). 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 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


Lancer equiped with AWC speeding on a road

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.


Lancer Evolution offers three operating modes: TARMAC for dry, paved surfaces GRAVEL for wet or unmade surfaces, and SNOW for snow covered surfaces. When the driver selects the mode best suited to current road surface conditions S-AWC operates to control vehicle behavior accordingly and allow the driver to extract the maximum dynamic performance from his vehicle.


This technology has improved dynamic performancein a wide range of driving conditions, including improved steering responsiveness in sports driving on dry, paved surfaces etc. and improved stability and controllability when cornering on slippery road surfaces.



Mitsubishi Outlander


Outlander equiped with AWC speeding on a road


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


S-AWC used in Outlander adds Active Yaw Control (AYC), which controls the brakes and power steering to regulate torque split between the left and right wheels, and an Active Front Differential (AFD) to the 4WD drivetrain. This results in further enhancements in the car's ability to accurately trace the chosen line through corners, in stability in both straight-line driving and lane changing maneuvers and in traction and control on slippery surfaces.


The S-AWC drivetrain on the new Outlander offers four modes of operation. AWC ECO feeds torque just to the front wheels under normal circumstances for superior fuel economy while switching to 4WD when slippery surfaces are encountered; NORMAL optimally regulates torque feed to each individual wheel in accordance with driving conditions; SNOW gives optimum traction and handling control when driving over ice, snow or other slippery surfaces; and LOCK delivers the full capabilities of 4WD all-terrain performance. The driver can select any of these modes manually using the Drive Mode Selector located in the center console.



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.



Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV


Outlander PHEV equiped with AWC speeding on a road

The Outlander PHEV uses the new Twin Motor 4WD system which comprises 60kW of independent front and rear motors to drive.


Propeller shafts and other mechanical linkages are eliminated which means the Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional 4WD mechanical systems as well as reduced friction loss.


As an inherent characteristic of electric motors, they generate high torque instantly, giving acceleration comparable to that of a vehicle powered by a large displacement high-output ICE and allowing the Outlander PHEV to deliver superior levels of environmental and motive performance.




Twin Motor 4WD


4WD LOCK Switch

S-AWC used in Outlander PHEV has the integrated control function of Twin Motor 4WD and AYC which controls the driving force distribution between front and rear wheels and between right and left wheels. And TWIN Motor 4WD controls the driving torque and the regenerative braking torque by front and rear electric-motors respectively.


AYC controls braking force for each wheel respectively. Moreover, ABS and ASC is controlled optimally. S-AWC achieves a faithful handling to the driver's operation and enhanced stability, and supports the driver safety, the comfortable vehicle characteristic and the efficient vehicle driving.


Driver can select two operating mode by 4WD LOCK switch: "NORMAL" is for usual use and "4WD LOCK" is for higher traction ability.



Mitsubishi RVR


RVR equiped with AWC speeding on a road

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 Eclipse Cross


Eclipse Cross equiped with AWC speeding on a road

With its bold design, brilliant connectivity technology and Super All-Wheel Control, the Eclipse Cross is a revolutionary vehicle that you must see for yourself.


The Eclipse Cross puts you firmly in control with our Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.


The all-new 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine gives you the perfect combination of performance and economy, while 18-inch alloy wheels work in unison with S-AWC to give you stable and confident handling while conveying strength and agility.