Infiniti will abandon rear-wheel drive in about 3 years. Infiniti's forthcoming to switch to electrified powertrains will see the company abandon its current rear-drive platforms. From 2021 on, no new Infiniti models will be offered with rear-wheel drive.That's a dramatic shift from the rear-wheel drive strategy Infiniti put into place in the early 2000s to battle the likes of Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the luxury car segment. Infiniti currently sells three rear-wheel drive passenger car models — the Q50, Q60 and Q70.However, all three of those models ride on the company's rear-drive FM platform, which dates all the way back to 2001. Because of its age, Infiniti says it would be impossible to upgrade the FM architecture to accept an electrified powertrain. As a result, it will be put out to pasture as Infiniti transitions to an electrified future."We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform," Infiniti Motor Company product strategy … [Read more...] about Infiniti’s electric push will see the end of rear-wheel drive
Most Infinitis are likely to be all-wheel drive in the future as the automaker looks to phase out its rear-wheel-drive platform found in the Q50, Q60, Q70 and QX70 models. In an interview with GoAuto published Tuesday, Infiniti product chief Francois Bancon said the existing RWD platform, code-named FM and introduced in 2001, isn't compatible with the new electrification strategy the automaker plans to implement. “We are going to have to change, this [FM] platform is a V-6 platform, it is rear-wheel drive,” Bancon said. “We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform; you need a battery, you need an electric motor, it’s a different package.” Bancon went on to explain that future Infinitis would probably be AWD, with an internal combustion engine and electric motor combo driving the front wheels and another electric motor at the rear. “Since you shift electric you have a motor in the front and in the back, so RWD … [Read more...] about Infiniti to ditch rear-wheel drive?
Tweet TweetJaguar hasn’t had its best years recently but it has had its most miraculous recovery of their history, mostly thanks to the new XK and the new XF. However it’s where with the new XJ the British have all of their hopes because it’s facing the toughest of competition. There’s something about the added security it offers and the enhanced traction will help you roll away cleanly in just about any conditions. Be that as it may, Jaguar acknowledged that they need it so they got working on an all wheel drive version of their flagship XJ. Since in this market, four wheel drive is not really a necessity and more of a piece of mind situation, Jaguar will most likely go for the same route they went with the X Type a few years ago. The all wheel drive system will be a simple but functional one which means you don’t have to add too much to the price tag just to get that extra bit of convenience. Jaguar is getting on top of their game better and better but … [Read more...] about All wheel drive Jaguar XJ reportedly in the works
The Fiat 500X uses an advanced all-wheel drive system that guarantees excellent traction in all weather conditions. Heart of the system is a lightweight and compact front Power Transfer Unit (PTU) that selectively engages all wheel drive when needed and a fully disconnecting Rear Differential Unit (RDU). Conventional all-wheel drive systems that are engaged all the time typically lose efficiency and fuel economy because axles and the propeller shafts are needlessly turning all the time when not needed. This decrease in fuel economy can be significant for an AWD vehicle. The accepted industry standard is that 80% of losses in AWD are frictional losses, and just 20% are from the additional weight of the components.* A disconnecting AWD system like the one used in the 500X can reduce these frictional losses around 80%. On top of that, the 500X uses the lightest, most compact disconnect AWD system available in the market further improving the 500X's efficiency.** The end result … [Read more...] about Fiat 500X All Wheel Drive System Explored
It doesn’t matter what you think of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R’s outlandish, almost Gundam-like looks, or the fact that it’s a Honda Civic, or the fact that it’s front-wheel drive. Once you’re strapped into the driver’s seat you’re going to give this car a chance. If you’re already feeling its vibe, just wait until you get a hand on that prime shift knob. The whole package falls short of perfection, but the first Civic Type R ever to be sold in the United States has a lot of personality for something that looks so much like a robot. (Full Disclosure: Honda flew me to Montréal, put me up in a lovely hotel, paid for several meals and took me to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix to watch their race car break down just so I could briefly drive the Civic Type R and tell you about it.) A lot of people you might picture buying this car, myself included, grew up with import tuner culture. The big wings, big rims, aggressive aero kits … [Read more...] about The 2017 Honda Civic Type R Is A Beast But You Won’t Forget It’s Front-Wheel Drive