Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:20pm
Comment: The All Wheel Drive system that is currently being utilized in the 2.0i and 2.5i series was first introduced in 1987. The system has been coninually refined and improved since then. This article is a good little commentary on the systems currently in place with a little history thrown in for good measure.
Back in 1972 in Japan, Fuji Heavy Industries and its Subaru car brand launched their first passenger vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive. Little did they know that four decades later, the system employed by the Leone Estate Van 4WD would largely define the brand and the majority of its models.
All-wheel drive back then was a rudimentary technology. But even so, it was highly effective in providing much needed traction in a variety of environments and climates. Together with Subaru’s now-iconic flat-type engines, all-wheel drive dramatically improved grip in performance situations as well.