FCA What’s Behind – episode 5: four-wheel drive
The fifth installment in FCA series explores the four-wheel drive: a fundamental technology for off-road thrills, but also for track driving and daily use.
The video material features overviews of remote places where FCA cars - in very different kinds of car that all share 4X4 technology - are tested on different surfaces and in extreme weather conditions, so that their off-road systems face really tough tests.
The four-wheel drive is one of FCA's proudest traditions: in different technical versions it performs in various brand models.
The mission of the Jeep brand - off-road pioneer - is clear from its claim "Go Anywhere, Do Anything": a goal pursued using extremely advanced mechanical solutions. That is why only Jeep SUVs can flaunt the Trail Rated badge: they have passed tests on traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance.
The Fiat brand boasts an important 4x4 tradition too: in 1983 its Panda was the first ultra-compact 4-wheel drive transverse-engine car.
Alfa Romeo has a special approach to four-wheel drive: the exclusive Q4 system offers the sheer driving pleasure of rear-wheel drive but with 4x4 safety and control.
All these brands are rearing to develop this traction technology to tackle future challenges: the new plug-in hybrid SUVs Jeep Renegade and Compass will adopt a dedicated electric motor for an even more powerful rear axle system.