Utilizing a “twin clutch” design, the new system continuously and automatically delivers outstanding traction in various driving conditions. Cadillac says that the system was specifically engineered for strong performance in wet, snowy, or icy conditions, while also being capable of providing enhanced stability in dry weather.
The twin clutch design allows the XT5’s AWD system to transfer up to 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axles. In addition, the system’s electronically-controlled rear differential can direct up to 100 percent of available torque to either wheel laterally. The ability to move power across the rear axle was designed for “split-coefficient” surfaces, such as when there is more water, ice or snow on one side of the road surface than the other. In this respect, the system is similar to the AWD system of the new Buick Envision.
Furthermore, the Cadillac XT5‘s AWD system is driver-controlled and includes a new “disconnect” feature that disables the rear drive unit, thereby leaving the car in front-drive mode, for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
We’re eager to experience the system in action for ourselves when the 2017 XT5 launches in the spring of 2016.