It’s not the first time we’ve said, but we’ll say it again: Buick is currently harvesting all of the tools it needs to be come a seriously trendy “quirk brand.” Think Saab, and even Volvo; not mainstream, but it houses a following all its own.
Automotive News reports the latest piece of the Buick puzzle, an all-new twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, is being looked at in a light to further shed the frumpy, disengaging image Buick possesses. The system will debut in the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
According to Buick LaCrosse Marketing Manager, Doug Osterhoff, the system will provide real benefits for drivers who aren’t only exposed to snowy conditions, but the benefits translate to dry pavement, too.
“This has a real performance element to it, with big benefits on acceleration and cornering. We think this will have more play”
The twin-clutch system allows for power to be sent between the front and rear wheels, but also between both rear wheels, too, replacing the traditional differential and single clutch system. This new system, developed by BKN, can send 100-percent of torque to the front, back and in-between based on driving conditions.
The system will ultimately provide fuel economy benefits, too, as seen in the 2017 Cadillac XT5 which uses the same system. In “Tour” mode, the AWD can be disconnected to provide more frugal fuel sipping.
It remains to be seen if consumers will take to the idea of all-wheel drive enhancing performance in a Buick, but everything can be delivered with a proper message.