What are the Ford Intelligent 4WD and AWD Systems?

February 6th, 2020 by

2018 Ford Escape

Whether you’re driving the family around Rifle in wintertime or heading into the Rockies, the Ford Intelligent 4WD and AWD systems offer the utility of all-terrain and all-weather traction to get where you’re going with confidence. Explore both of these systems, as well as the ControlTrac® 4WD system, with the team at Glenwood Springs Ford.

Ford Intelligent 4WD

The Ford Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System is a state-of-the-art 4-wheel-drive system that allows you to change your drivetrain settings in order to adapt to a variety of different terrain conditions, including mud, sand, gravel, grass, and snow. In fact, the available Ford Escape Intelligent 4WD, for example, monitors traction and road conditions every 16 milliseconds in order to properly transfer torque for the best handling and traction at all times. And when you’re descending from a steep peek, the Hill Descent Control system engages, alternating braking pressure between different tires so that you can reach the bottom at a constant speed without wearing out your brakes. Also keep in mind that not all Ford Intelligent 4WD systems come with the Terrain Management System.

Does the Ford Explorer Have 4-Wheel Drive?

The Ford Explorer comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but Ford Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System is available on all models. On Explorer ST and Explorer Platinum trims, the Intelligent 4WD system is standard with the 3.0L EcoBoost engine.

Does the Ford EcoSport Have 4-Wheel Drive?

The Ford EcoSport may be small in stature, but Intelligent 4WD boosts its capability and maneuverability.  This system is standard on models with the 2.0L Ti-VCT engine and available with the 1.0L EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology.

Does the Ford Ranger Have 4-Wheel Drive?

The newest truck in the Ford lineup, the Ford Ranger offers an electronic shift-on-the-fly system, which lets you choose between two 4WD modes (4×4 high or low), as well as 2-wheel drive on dry surfaces. A 4×2 system is standard on all Ranger models, with 4WD available across the board.

Does the Ford F-150 Have 4-Wheel Drive?

Across the entire Ford F-150 lineup, 4-wheel drive is available, no matter which of the six distinctive engines that you select. A 4×2 setup always comes standard, though, except on the Ford F-150 Raptor model.

Does the Ford Super Duty Have 4-Wheel Drive?

Given the Ford Super Duty’s name, it should come as no surprise that this Ford pickup comes with 4-wheel drive. There are a variety of setups available, ranging from a twin I-beam front axle with coil spring suspension on 4×2 models to a 4WD system with manual locking bugs on 4×4 models.

Ford Intelligent AWD

The Ford Intelligent AWD system uses a range of sensors in order to read road conditions and driving behavior (such as speed and throttle) by gauging the amount of traction each wheel is getting. After inputting this information, it then optimizes the amount of torque delivered between the front and rear wheels to ensure balanced handling and maximum traction around Grand Junction.

Does the Ford Escape Have All-Wheel Drive?

The Ford Escape differs in that it boasts available All-Wheel Drive Disconnect. This system disables the rear driveline when road conditions are ideal, allowing only the front wheel to propel the vehicle to boost efficiency ratings.

Does the Ford Fusion Have All-Wheel Drive?

Conquer the Colorado roads behind the wheel of this sedan with the confidence of all-wheel drive at your disposal. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive as an option from the Fusion SE model up.

Does the Ford Edge Have All-Wheel Drive?

Ford SUVs are known for their ultimate capabilities, and the Ford Edge is no different. Available Intelligent AWD boosts driver control, and this system comes standard on the topmost Edge ST trim.

Does the Ford Flex Have All-Wheel Drive?

The 7-passenger Ford Flex does indeed offer all-wheel drive. The introductory model can only be set up with front-wheel drive, but Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is an option on the Flex SEL and Flex Limited trims.

Ford ControlTrac® 4WD

For drivers who need uncompromising drivetrain performance, ControlTrac® is a rugged 4WD system that delivers full-time power to all four wheels with the help of a variable intelligent locking center differential. You’ll find this system offered on the Ford Expedition.

Ford Off-Road Ready Features

Ford models equipped with 4WD systems often come with different options to enhance the off-roading experience around Rifle. For example, the Ford F-150 comes with the electronic shift-on-the-fly system, which lets you choose between 4×4 low or high, and even opt for two-wheel drive when desired. Otherwise, the FX4 Off-Road Package includes:

  • Electronic-locking rear differential (locks rear axle completely for enhanced traction at both wheels)
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Off-road tuned shock absorbers
  • Skid plates

Test Drive Ford 4WD and AWD Models Near Grand Junction

Discover Ford AWD or 4WD models for sale in the trim of your choice near Denver at Glenwood Springs Ford. Get in touch with us to schedule a test drive, and make sure to check out our new vehicle specials to get the best pricing on your purchase!

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