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4x4 (or 4WD) refers to any vehicle that can send power to all four wheels giving it better grip. 4x4 cars are typically more powerful than two wheel drive cars and are better suited to off-road environments and bad weather.
4x4s can be driven on tarmac roads just like a standard car, but benefit from enhanced stability because all four wheels can actively engage with the road rather than just rolling passively.
All-wheel drive typically stays in 4WD at all times, adjusting the power ratios to each wheel depending on conditions. 4WD systems like our Super Select 4WD can put the car into two wheel drive to maximise efficiency. 4x4s with true 4WD tend to allow more granular control of power distribution.
4x4s are typically a little heavier than their 2WD counterparts and therefore consume a little more fuel. For example an Eclipse Cross 4WD achieves 4 mpg less than an Eclipse Cross 2WD.
Deciding which 4x4 is right for you depends on your needs. If you want a 4x4 that can handle extreme off-roading or harsh everyday conditions like farming you might want a different car than if you want a road-focussed car that can go off-road when the need arises. Explore our full 4x4 range to find the right model for you.
Do some preparation on your destination online and on a proper map so you have a good idea of the terrain to expect.
Keep an eye on the weather so you know what to bring. Waterproof clothing, food and water can easily be carried in a good 4x4.
Towing a skill that takes a little practice. Read our helpful guide to towing for everything you need to know.
Let a few people know before you head into the wilds so that if anything goes wrong someone knows where to look.
Clean your car thoroughly following any expedition to get mud and water out of anywhere it’s gotten stuck. If serious off-roading was involved such as wading in water or deep mud, have your local dealer check your car over.
Use a low range gear and try to keep a steady pace to keep a grip through the mud. Avoid deep ruts where you can and remember that you might need a little more speed when driving uphill to minimise wheel spin.
Dry sand can be a challenge as its very lose so keep your speed low and constant. If you’re on a beach the firm sand up to the high tide is best, but keep off wet sand at the edge of the water. If you have to park on sand, face downhill as this makes it easier to start again.
Gravel can be unpredictable so drive slowly, in as high a gear as you can. Keep your distance from other cars as dust clouds can make it hard to see and gravel can cause damage when flicked up off the ground.
Generally water is best avoided as engines don’t like being wet. Start out slow and built speed gradually. It’s important to have a good idea of the depth of any water you need to drive through. Know your wading depth. Find your car’s complete specification from our Range Selector and download your owner’s manual for everything you need.
Accelerate gently to avoid losing traction and avoid hard braking. Don’t brake or accelerate while cornering as this is when your most likely to lose grip. Instead brake to a safe speed before you reach the corner and then accelerate once you’re out the other end.
Our Super Select 4WD system allows you set the 4x4 system into one of four modes, each designed for different conditions.
2WD mode allows you to maximise fuel economy on the road, 4H 4WD allows you to drive on tarmac in 4WD for towing and in slippery conditions. Two high performance 4WD modes enable dynamic power distribution to improve traction on a variety of off-road surfaces.
Our powerful all-wheel control systems provide adjustable 4WD power distribution to balance stability and power, enabling confident off-roading. Our Super All-Wheel Control system provides even more ability to adjust to the conditions with dedicated terrain modes.
All Mitsubishi 4x4 models come with M-ASTC as standard, our advanced traction system applies the brakes automatically to each wheel whenever one loses control, and active yaw control applies power to whichever wheel on the car has the most traction, ensuring stable driving and minimising skidding.
Available across the Mitsubishi 4x4 range.
Advanced monitoring software that dynamically adjusts engine and braking to maximise straight line stability.
Available on L200.
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