Ford Transit All Wheel Drive (AWD)
INTELLIGENT ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
AWD balances torque between the front and rear wheels to enhance handling and maximum traction, typically before wheel slip occurs. This helps keep your vehicle steady — and you feel more confident on the road.
The all-wheel drive drivetrain employs a front, rear and center differential to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle.
There are some cases when you should give AWD serious consideration:
- If you live near or spend time in places with unpaved dirt roads. Similarly, if you live in places where it rains or snows for many months out of the year, AWD will help with traction and should be high on your list of must-have van options.
- An AWD van can accelerate better than a two-wheel-drive vehicle in inclement weather. The advantage provided by AWD is mainly in the acceleration, as the traction needs will be equally distributed among all four tires instead of the front two tires.
- An 4WD van’s improved traction can help if you are towing from a wet ramp. Similarly, if you go camping off-road in dirt or in sandy areas, a vehicle with AWD will reduce your chances of getting stuck.
- AWD distributes torque to all four wheels, using a pair of electromagnetic clutches to freely regulate torque distribution between the rear wheels. This system is one of the rare cases in which AWD can help with cornering.