What is a 4X4, and how is it different from other cars? – MG Motor

Did you know that driving a car with the right drivetrain can amplify your driving experience? 

There are four types of drivetrains – all-wheel-drive (AWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), front-wheel drive (FWD), and four-wheel drive (4×4 or 4WD). In vehicles with FWD and RWD, the power is transferred to only two wheels, either the front or the rear, depending on the drive type. While most cars (hatchbacks and sedans) employ these two types of drivetrains, AWD and 4×4 are found in SUVs, pickup trucks, etc., which are built to perform on specific terrains; difficult off-road situations, boulders, low-traction surfaces, etc. Let’s delve into the details.

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What is the difference between a 4×4 and an all-wheel-drive option?

The common misconception is that these two types are more or less the same. But they are not. While AWD powers the front and rear wheels simultaneously, 4×4 analyses the driving condition; steep hills, rocks, icy roads, etc., and intelligently transfers power to the wheel that needs more traction. 

Similar to AWD systems, 4×4 is designed to send torque to all four vehicles and increase traction when required. But the difference is that 4×4 systems are more robust than AWD when negotiating challenging road conditions. And its main purpose is to tackle off-road and rugged terrains safely. Thus 4WD is ideal for a driver who seeks thrilling adventures. 

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4X4 cars and their capability

Modern cars like the MG Gloster are bestowed with an advanced 4WD drivetrain to take their practicality to an all-new level. This premium SUV is built with the next-generation 4WD system, coupled with an all-terrain system that boosts its overall traction capabilities. The unique terrain mechanism comes with 7 modes – Snow, Sand, Eco, Mud, Auto, Rock, and Sport. Additionally, the electro-mechanical differential lock enables the MG Gloster to escape any tough or slippery conditions; it transfers 100% torque to the wheel with traction in times of need. 

Apart from its more capable 4WD system, the MG Gloster showcases the first-in-segment Twin Turbo diesel engine, which generates class-leading power and torque figures. The 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine puts out a max power of 218 PS at 4000 RPM and max torque of 480Nm at 1500-2400 RPM. This potent powerhouse comes with 8-speed automatic transmission, which makes it effortless to traverse any terrain. 

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Benefits of 4WD drivetrain

  • It gives improved traction and control over all kinds of terrain
  • By offering enhanced control, it induces confidence during off-roading expeditions
  • Its altering driving characteristics make it a preferred choice among driving enthusiasts
  • The additional weight provides greater grip
  • When on an adventure, you do not have to worry about the road conditions ahead; a 4×4 can take on any road. 

Adding to its off-road capabilities are the numerous safety features that make driving this 4×4 less stressful and more enjoyable. From its Electro-mechanical Differential Lock (EDL) to ABS + EBD + Brake Assist system, Traction Control System (TCS) to Hill Descent Control, and more, the Gloster ensures utmost safety to elevate your drive quality. So, if you are looking for a superior SUV that is technologically advanced with a graceful exterior, luxurious interiors, modern features, comfortable seating, and renders unparallel performance, the MG Gloster is second to none.