The present and previous models of the Escape were equipped with an electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system which has been replaced. The brand new Escapes are equipped with an improved system known as an intelligent AWD system.
With Ford’s electronically controlled 4WD system, like many of them, the vehicle will send available torque to either the front of rear tires through the center differential depending on which tire needs more traction than the others. With the new intelligent AWD system, Ford has incorporated other features to work with it, optimizing full control of the vehicle.
When riding in rough terrain, if one of the tires lose its grip, the AWD system will move the torque as in the previous system, but the Torque Vectoring Control and Curve control help to prevent this from happening. Curve Control controls a multitude of sensors on things such as the steering position and wheel speed sensors to see how fast the driver is taking the turns and can modify for optimal control. Torque Vectoring can break the inside wheel of a turn to keep the car on a straight path.
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