Shares the GS platform, co-developed by Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler. The GS platform is also used on
Lancer Evolution X
Outlander XL (Peugeot 4007, Citroen C-Crosser)
Journey (Fiat Freemont)
Figure: Mitsubishi ASX transmission (118KB)
Figure: Mitsubishi ASX transmission (121KB)
Mitsubishi Online Newsroom: All New 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Offers A Composed Ride, Along With Surprising Agility
Available On-Demand Electronically-Controlled 4WD System
A sophisticated electronically-controlled 4WD system is also available for the SE version of the Outlander Sport that greatly enhances both on-and off-road traction in good or bad weather conditions.
Unlike Mitsubishi's remarkable Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) 4WD system found in the company's famed Lancer Evolution model that utilizes such exotic technology as active differentials and active yaw control for extreme high performance, the on-demand electronically-controlled 4WD found on the new Outlander Sport emphasizes fuel efficiency while giving the driver the option to switch to traction-enhancing all-wheel drive at their discretion.
Borrowed from the larger outlander SUV, the 4WD system consists of a rear differential carrier, and electronically controlled coupling (ECC) connected to the forward section of the rear differential and a power transfer unit (PTU) mated to the transmission near the front axle. These components have been designed to be exceptionally lightweight yet sturdy for the rugged terrain and conditions that the vehicle may encounter. And thanks to a low viscosity oil used in the power transfer unit (PTU), this helps to improve fuel economy by 0.1 percent compared to the Outlander.
A major design upgrade over the Outlander's 4WD system has been a recalibration of the systems control unit that has led to a variety of improvements including enhanced fuel economy, stability in 4WD mode, improved traction and steering feel when accelerating from a standstill, and an overall reduction in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
The system has three shift-on-the-flying settings:
2WD Setting most likely to be used for normal everyday driving; allows the Outlander Sport to operate as a front-wheel drive vehicle.
4WD Delivers power to all four wheels for improved traction and safety in slippery driving conditions
LOCK Like the 4WD setting, it routes power to all four wheels but it distributes 60 percent of the available power to the rear wheels for sportier handling.
The driver can use a drive-mode dial on the center console to select “FWD” for best fuel economy.
With “4WD Auto” mode selected, the system uses a rear-mounted electronically controlled transfer clutch to automatically and seamlessly route more power to the rear wheels, depending on driving and road surface conditions. The driver can freely change the drive mode at any time. When “4WD Auto” mode is selected, the Outlander's 4WD system always sends some power to the rear wheels, automatically increasing the amount under full throttle acceleration. The coupling transfers up to forty percent of available torque to the rear wheels under full-throttle acceleration, and this is reduced to twenty five percent over 40 miles per hour. At steady cruising speeds, up to fifteen percent of available torque is sent to the rear wheels. At low speeds through tight corners, coupling torque is reduced, providing a smoother feel through the corner.
For driving in particularly challenging conditions, such as snow, the driver can select “4WD Lock” mode. In Lock mode, the system still apportions front and rear torque automatically, but enables greater power transfer to the rear wheels. In dry conditions, 4WD Lock mode places priority on performance. More torque is directed to the rear wheels than in 4WD Auto mode to provide greater power off the line, better control when accelerating on snowy or loose surfaces, and enhanced stability at high speeds. Rear wheel torque transfer is increased by 50 percent over the amounts in 4WD Auto mode – meaning up to 50 percent of available torque is sent to the rear wheels under full-throttle acceleration on dry pavement. When in 4WD Lock mode, torque at the rear wheels is reduced by a smaller degree through corners than with 4WD Auto mode.
Easy Select part-time all wheel drive. Front axle vacuum disconnect system. When in 2H mode, the right front driveshaft is disconnected from the front differential. The left and right front driveshafts are rotating freely in 2H mode.
Figure: Mitsubishi L200 all wheel drive system. Vacuum front axle disconnect system (1 - disconnected, 2 - connected) (278KB)
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There are 11 comments
August 26, 2020 - 11:28
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.
August 04, 2019 - 22:19
I have a 2003 mitsubishi outlander..so does my husband.While changing o2 sensor today my husband discovered that my car is 4wd..because I have the driveshaft..except its missing the awd selector..Kinda bazzaar but cool
I dont know why..So now I gotta get awd selector
Has anyone heard of this with the outlander?
January 05, 2017 - 01:33
What about 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport AWD LS?
December 18, 2014 - 22:01
What about the Delica vans?
Reply to spunyad
January 12, 2015 - 22:32
Delica have easy select and superselect, the tranny is like Pajero.
July 16, 2014 - 13:35
How about Airtrek 2.4 4wd i want to converte 2wd
January 11, 2014 - 00:24
Does the normal lancer 1.6 gli 4wd work as the EVO (50/50) ??
Tanks for A grelt site
May 23, 2012 - 02:48
I have been studying the mitsubishi awd for a long time and i have a project that i need some information. Will this awd system for for a Evo III, i have a fwd and i would like to convert to awd for the outlander or the asx is it possible? Thank you
Reply to Marcos Torrani
May 23, 2012 - 19:08
Everything is possible if you have enough time or money, or both. It is not always practical though.
Search the web for "awd conversion" and you might find some info.
July 08, 2011 - 09:58
What about the 3000GT VR4 (GTO)?
Reply to Altair
September 12, 2011 - 23:12
3000GT was designed from the 1st generation Eclipse/Talon, which explains the front strut suspension.
The center differential was a double planetary design, splitting torque 45 front / 55 rear.
There was a viscous coupling clutch on the center differential & rear differential. Front was open, but you can get a Quaife to replace that.
More of a grand touring design, than sporting one.