GKN Driveline announced its all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system developed for small to medium-sized vehicles is featured in the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, the global compact SUV built in Toluca, Mexico.

GKN’s scalable AWD Disconnect system was first launched on the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X. GKN builds the system at facilities in Europe, North America, Latin America and China to provide local sourcing to the global platform. 

GKN’s Driveline division operates two facilites in Mexico, located in the municipality of Villagrán, Guanajuato, between Celaya and Salamanca.

GKN’s Disconnect function enables vehicles to combine the enhanced traction, dynamics and stability of all-wheel drive with improved on-highway fuel efficiency. The system reacts to driver inputs and road conditions to seamlessly switch between two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

During steady state cruising, the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline, eliminating rotating losses and improves highway fuel economy by up to 4% – compared to standard AWD. If the driver or conditions require more traction, the system reconnects within just 300 milliseconds.

The AWD system is simpler to integrate into smaller vehicle platforms thanks to GKN’s advanced system architecture. With only minor hardware and software changes, the AWD Disconnect system can be scaled to suit vehicles of different sizes and dynamic requirements. GKN’s control software enables models with the same hardware to deliver the right driving characteristics for each brand.

An active torque biasing function provides precise control of the distribution of torque between the front and rear wheels, optimizing traction, stability and performance.


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