HOW JEEP® 4X4 SYSTEMS WORK
Beholding the power of a Jeep® 4x4 system is, well, something you have to experience as a driver. But, for now, reading will have to suffice (bummer, eh?). There are nine systems in all—each precious in their own way.
Jeep® Compass models with a 5-speed manual transaxle or continuously variable transmission feature selectable four-wheel-drive lock. This state-of-the-art electronic system anticipates the need for added traction and responds to wheel-slippage by transferring power to the rear wheels, while modulating rear-wheels to contribute to vehicle stability in cornering situations. The system also saves fuel by operating only on demand when on-road, thereby minimizing power-robbing friction and inertia. Activate the off-road mode by pulling up on the chrome T-handle switch labeled 4WD LOCK in the center console. This mode dictates that the electronic system sends the maximum amount of torque to the rear axle for improved traction.