What are the Ford Intelligent 4WD and AWD Systems?

July 6th, 2018 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. Look for Ford 4WD on the following models:

  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Super Duty

To access the Ford Escape 4WD system, in particular, drivers must opt for the Escape Titanium trim.

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. This system is standard or available on:

  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Flex

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:

  • 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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