4-Wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Motors brings the same strong focus on quality to all of its 4WD vehicles. We are realizing the same level of startability and handling as in full-blown 4WDs like the jeep, the first Mitsubishi 4WD. Mitsubishi takes into consideration the size and use of each vehicle in order to implement the most appropriate 4WD system.

Electronically Controlled 4WD

The electronically controlled 4WD system comes in three modes which can be chosen according to the driver's preferences and the driving conditions. Drivers can switch the drive mode instantly and while driving the vehicle. All that is required is a single touch of the drive mode selector on the console. The front and rear torque distribution mechanism uses electronically controlled coupling to distribute the torque between the front and rear wheels appropriately at all times, based on vehicle driving conditions and the operation by the driver, etc. Furthermore, it ensures outstanding traction performance while at the same time eliminating the tight corner braking phenomenon characteristic of 4WDs.

Electronically Controlled 4WD Mechanism

Electronically Controlled 4WD Mechanism

Structure Diagram of Electronically Controlled Coupling&the Rear Differential

Structure Diagram of Electronically Controlled Coupling&the Rear Differential

Feature of Drive Mode (Case of Outlander(2012/10〜))
4WD ECO 4WD ECO The bias in this mode is on fuel economy. Under normal conditions, the drivetrain feeds all the torque to the front wheels. As soon as encounters slippery conditions the system immediately splits the torque between front and rear wheels for better traction and stability.
Drive mode selector dial

Drive Mode Selector

4WD AUTO 4WD AUTO In this mode, the drivetrain provides 4WD performance appropriate to the road and driving conditions encountered, whether dry tarmac, wet or snow-covered surfaces. The system not only gives increased traction under slippery conditions but also provides smoother cornering performance.
4WD LOCK 4WD LOCK In this mode, the drivetrain feeds more torque to the rear wheels to boost all-terrain capabilities. This mode comes into its own over bad roads or when gets stuck in mud or snow and also offers powerful 4WD performance over the whole speed range on normal roads.

Twin Motor 4WD

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

Super Select 4WD II

The Super Select 4WD II used in Pajero is a system that offers four shift on-the-fly driving modes. Drivers can choose between Full-time 4WD (4H), composed of a Viscous Coupling Unit (VCU) and center differential, Mitsubishi-Jeep full-fledged 4WD (4LLc), and rear-wheel 2WD (2H), which improves fuel economy and reduces noise.
A smooth ride and reliable lever operation have been realized through an electrically operated shifting mechanism.

4WD Transfer Lever

4WD Transfer Lever

Rear wheel driving

Rear wheel driving

Rear-wheel 2WD disconnects drive from the front wheel axle and brings fuel consumption and noise under control.

Front and rear unequal distribution(33:67)full time 4WD with center differential

Front and rear unequal distribution(33:67)full time 4WD with center differential

VCU/Center Differential-type Full-time 4WD handles a wide variety of roads, from normal to icy. By controlling the driving force to the front and rear wheels based on road surface conditions, neutral cornering performance is achieved during high-speed cornering and slippery road conditions.

Direct drive 4WD
(center differential lock)

Direct drive 4WD(center differential lock)

Direct drive high-range 4WD locks the center differential to go the distance on sandy areas, deeply snowed streets, and rough roads.

Low gear direct drive
4WD(center differential lock)

Low gear direct drive 4WD(center differential lock)

Direct drive low-range 4WD covers rocky stretches and muddy areas and is effective in getting out of tight spots.