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New 4x4 system for Kia Sportage

The Dynamax four-wheel drive system debuts in Kia's new Sportage.

Kia and Magna Powertrain have announced details of the Dynamax All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system, fitted to the new Sportage.

Described as 'a continuous and fully active AWD coupling system' the key feature is a control unit that is said to monitor driving conditions and anticipate demands placed on the transmission.  A multi-plate clutch with electro-hydraulic actuation manages the torque distribution.

 Claimed advantages include improved cornering stability and high thermal capacity to prevent overheating, even when hill-climbing or towing.  The operation of Dynamax and the energy usage of the electronic components have been designed to keep fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum.

 The Sportage is the first vehicle to use this transmission.  Expect to see it on other four-wheel drive cars and crossovers in the future.

Published on July 15, 2010
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