It doubtful that there is any vehicle characteristic laden with more confusion and conjecture than the type of drive the vehicle has. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the merits of 2WD vs AWD vs 4WD vehicles and some of these opinions are quite entrenched. In this article we will take a quick look the three different systems so you have some objective data to consider on this subject.
2WD drive systems do exactly what you would think. The engine power is distributed through just 2 of the vehicle’s wheels. Most smaller vehicles today are 2WD with the front wheels being driven (FWD). FWD configurations benefit from having the engine weight balanced over the front wheels. This allows for superior traction and steering.
There are a plethora of automotive technologies that would have been deemed pure fantasy just a decade or so ago. Here are four, in particular, that are going to change the way we drive and interact with our cars.
1) Countrywide EV Charge Stations
A common concern for EV owners is how they will charge their cars when on long trips. In order to mitigate that worry, various automakers are building the EV filling stations of the future. For example, Nissan, maker of the popular Leaf EV, has announced a partnership with quick-charge provider CarCharging to add 48 chargers in California and select spots on the East Coast. Dozens more quick-chargers have been installed in select states under several federal-private programs. As others jump on board, it’s not crazy to expect that you’ll be able to drive an EV cross-country before long.
2) Enhanced Heads-Up Displays
Today, heads-up windshield displays show a few pieces of driving of data to the driver, things like how fast you’re going, what gear you’re in -that sort of thing. This reduces the driver’s need to take their eyes off the road. The new “Super Multiview Head-ups Display” (SMV-HUD) brings this idea into the future with actionable information and guidance. Imagine road warnings, turn-by-turn navigation arrows indicating your next turn or street names appearing virtually in the distance. Someday you might even be able to drive safely in heavy fog with a head-up display that is integrated with adaptive cruise control and in-car cameras. No longer will bad weather be an issue when you absolutely need to go somewhere.
3) Car-to-Local Object Communications
Using in-car sensors and transmitters built into roadside devices, Connected Cars will be able to send and receive speed and location data to and from each other. The goal of the system is to improve the flow of traffic, avoid collisions and alert drivers to upcoming traffic situations. Its not just a fantasy, a Car-to-Local Object Communication System is being tested now at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute in a year-long test of several thousand connected cars.
4) Autonomous Cars
You’ve probably heard of this one already courtesy of Google. This is the car that drives itself; thanks to cameras, sensors, radar, lasers and a lot of computer science magic. A lot of people are concerned about this because giving up control of a car to a computer seems a touch risky. “Why would anyone do this,” is a common comment. The answer comes from the sales staff at Urse Dodge Chrysler Jeep and they explained to us that, in theory, fleets of autonomous cars and trucks could dramatically reduce traffic and vehicle accidents. That’s hard to argue against. The other answer is that self-driving cars could be great for the daily commute. The cars drives itself and you can concentrate on your work.
2015 Jeep Renegade will make its official North American debut at New York International Auto Show later this month. The car has made its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show in Europe showcasing an expansion to brand’s lineup. The vehicle represents a small SUV but still keeps the adventurous lifestyle of Jeep. The new model offers one-ofo-a-kinf combination of great off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience.
2015 Renegade will be available by the end of the year, when it will deliver the segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission. The latter contributes to outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, and can be coupled with one of two fuel-efficient engines.
Jeep is making collaboration with the 2014 X Games Aspen and has released a TV ad as well as a special 2014 Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition. The vehicle takes inspiration from the severe climate and extreme conditions that characterize the Antarctic region.
In fact, the Jeep Wrangler Polar Edition truly expresses the freedom of taking it further and exploring the unknown. This experience can be fulfilled thanks to Wrangler’s reliability and safety. The vehicle is equipped with benchmark technology and built with unmatched off-road expertise achieved in more than seventy years of history.
2014 D2Edition Jeep Grand Cherokee is breaking loose in the New Year showing its masterful presence. The persons responsible for this exquisite project are those at D2Autosport. To make this car reality they have collaborated with Central Avenue Jeep.
As a primary idea they have envisioned a vehicle which is not overdone and keeps its functionality. Hence, the tuners did not modify many things. For instance, throughout the interior only slight modifications are visible. In fact, only the copper color interior panels were converted to piano black.
Chrysler Group LLC is preparing to head west with a Mopar-customized contingent of creations along for the ride.
At the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 5-8, 20 vehicles customized with existing Mopar parts and accessories, as well as concept products designed to elicit feedback, will take the spotlight in the 15,300 square-foot Mopar display at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Mopar-modified vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT, and FIAT brands will be prominently featured at the premier aftermarket event.
In order to highlight the most adventurous soul and legendary 4×4 capabilities of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the new limited-edition, customised Wrangler Polar model will be revealed on the Jeep stand in Frankfurt in the four-door Wrangler Unlimited configuration, and will boast an all-new Hydro Blue exterior colour matched to a Black interior.
On the heels of the brand’s 2012 sales successes in Europe and following customers’ expectations for more refined on-road manners, increased comfort, performance, quality and high-tech content, Jeep introduces the 2014 Jeep Compass. Now available with a six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission, Jeep Compass boasts an updated exterior and a new, even more refined and comfortable cabin. Thanks to the smooth shifting allowed by the new gearbox, the 2014 Jeep Compass ensures improved driving performance and comfort in everyday driving.