With a new AWD system it is calling “HTRAC,” which will make its debut on the next-generation Genesis model, Hyundai is getting ready to join the list of makers offering all-wheel-drive options to its clients.
The Korean maker’s HTRAC designation should be an easy one to translate, the “H” short for Hyundai, and the rest a shortened form of “Traction,” Hyundai notes. The system uses an electronic control mechanism to split torque between the front and rear axles in response to driver input and road conditions. While Hyundai isn’t providing specific technical details it hints that the HTRAC system should allow more for a greater range in splitting torque between front and rear than many current mechanical all-wheel-drive systems.
“We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped with the HTRAC system,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center.
Hyundai says it has tested the new HTRAC system on the demanding German Nurburgring circuit, as well as the Yeongam F1 course in Korea, while also putting it through severe winter testing in Europe.
The HTRAC system will make it into production on the second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan – until now sold in rear-drive configuration. It debuts in the home Korean market later this year and will reach the American market in 2014.
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