Ford Intelligent 4WD & Intelligent AWD

Ford Intelligent 4WD & Intelligent AWD

Whether you’re dealing with Alberta’s mercurial weather, or simply need to find traction on a muddy job site, four-wheel and all-wheel drive are crucial components of your vehicle’s performance. Ford believes in working smarter (and harder, if need be) which is why many of their vehicles offer the choice of either Intelligent 4WD or Intelligent AWD, two smart drivetrain systems that do the thinking for you—while ensuring you’ve got all the traction you need. Read on to learn more about these two advanced drivetrain systems with the heart of all things Ford in Alberta: Heartland Ford.

What’s the difference between AWD and 4WD?

Before getting into Ford’s specific systems, let’s take a look at the difference between the two. Since people often confuse the two, as they do perform similar tasks, it’s important to look at exactly how they work:

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive is a drivetrain that directs power to all four wheels of the vehicle, through a front, rear, and centre differential system. This means that all four wheels will have power, although it won’t necessarily be divided equally.

Four-wheel drive

Four-wheel drive is a powertrain that utilizes two differentials, front and rear, along with a transfer case. This will provide power to all four wheels of the vehicle equally.

Both systems provide better acceleration, as all four wheels are used to launch the vehicle forward—this is especially true when the road doesn’t allow for a lot of traction. This can also benefit towing, as well as handling on dry roads (when the vehicle is equipped with some form of torque vectoring, like Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control found on the Focus and Mustang). Having an AWD or 4WD system can also improve the resale value of your vehicle down the road, however it will add cost to your purchase upfront.

Which Ford Vehicles Offer Intelligent AWD & 4WD?

The following vehicles in the Ford lineup offer either Intelligent AWD or Intelligent 4WD; however, this list is not exhaustive as this smart feature is being added to new Ford models all the time. Click on the vehicle you’re most interested in to learn more about what other advanced systems they offer!

Ford Performance Technology

Of course, Intelligent AWD and 4WD aren’t the only smart ways Ford makes your driving experience smoother and easier, as there are a variety of other advanced systems offered throughout the Ford model lineup. Features like Intelligent Terrain Management System continue to help providing extraordinary traction and control on difficult terrain, while Ford’s Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver assistance features provides next-level confidence when you’re behind the wheel. Learn more about all of the Ford technologies offered by checking out the link below.

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