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Nissan Details New e-AWD System, Highlights That “4ORCE” Is Pronounced “Force”

The Nissan Leaf is many things, but sporty it ain’t, not even with NISMO goodies as it’s the case in Japan. However, the compact hatchback is set to get e-4ORCE power at some point in the future.
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Presented at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, the dual-motor option builds on the Attessa E-TS torque split system of the GT-R and the 4x4 system from the Patrol. Still, Nissan tries too hard to make the e-4ORCE look cool. Too hard for my liking…

Here’s the excerpt in question: “The e in e-4ORCE stands for Nissan’s 100% electric motor drive system. 4ORCE (pronounced force) refers to the vehicle’s physical power and energy, with 4 representing all-wheel control.” Pardon my French, but that’s unnecessary mumbo-jumbo.

Beyond the PR talk, Nissan will benefit greatly from introduction e-AWD to the Leaf and subsequent models. The Ariya Concept, for example, hints at a new crossover with all-electric propulsion. Head of powertrain and EV engineering Ryozo Hiraku puts it better than the marketing team.

“This technology offers a new level of control. e-4ORCE control technology is the combination of our know-how of all-wheel drive, chassis control technology, and our EV development expertise.”

One of the biggest benefits of two motors over one is how the powertrain adapts to driving scenarios and conditions, distributing torque between the front and rear wheels. Applying braking force to each individual wheel in order to reduce understeer or oversteer is also worthy of mentioning.

But most importantly, just look at the competition. Tesla is selling only dual-motor versions of the Model S and Model X, and 4WD outsells 2WD in the United States of America. Europe also likes crossovers and SUVs, and in colder climates, all-wheel drive isn’t a wish but a necessity.

The Ariya mentioned beforehand is expected to hit Japanese dealerships in 2021 for the 2022 model year, promising a range of approximately 300 miles (483 kilometers). From a visual standpoint, the Ariya borrows cues from the IMx and IMx Kuro that Nissan revealed in 2017 and 2018.

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