One of the interesting tech stories at the North American International Auto Show this week, that has lacked coverage, focuses on Saab. They showed off, for the first time, Cross Wheel Drive.
XWD as it is known is said to offer capabilities that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t available on conventional all-wheel drive vehicles. In addition to providing a variable torque split between the left and right sides of the car, XWD can optimize traction when a vehicle takes off from a traffic light, even in dry conditions.
Steven Shannon, president and chief operating officer of Saab Automobile USA told us that Ã¢â‚¬Å“The beauty of this system is that it does more than transfer torque from the front to the back. It transfers torque from side to side. And with Cross Wheel Drive, zero-to-sixty is going to be faster.Ã¢â‚¬Â