all-wheel drive

\ˈȯl-ˈwēl- \

Definition of all-wheel drive 

: an automobile drive mechanism that acts on all four wheels of the vehicle

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That’s because the SUV will have the same quad-motor layout as the pickup truck, meaning an electric motor will power each wheel for precise all-wheel drive performance. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rivian’s R1S SUV looks like an all-electric Land Rover," 27 Nov. 2018 With Model 3, energy efficiency improved dramatically to 4.1 EPA miles per kWh, the highest efficiency for any all-wheel drive EV. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Finally in the black: Tesla has a good quarter," 25 Oct. 2018 View 24 Photos Honda-philes will be thrilled to learn the 2019 RDX marks the return of torque-vectoring all-wheel drive to the RDX. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Acura RDX Crossover: Return of the Turbocharged Four," 29 Mar. 2018 The Buick Enclave is all new for 2018 with the same 3.6-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic as the Traverse and has an optional all-wheel drive system. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 The car will offer all-wheel drive performance and, according to Porsche, a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of around 3.5 seconds — the fastest Tesla Model S models can hit 60 in as little as 2.4 seconds. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Porsche CEO: Newly renamed Taycan electric sedan drawing 'exceptional' interest," 8 June 2018 The 2018 Outlander PHEV is sold in SEL and GT trim levels both with all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with front and rear electric motors and a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: A proactive power source," 9 Mar. 2018 So far, Tesla has produced versions with premium features, such as longer range, a higher top speed and all-wheel drive, which cost between $49,000 and $72,000. Lora Kolodny, USA TODAY, "Tesla ditches reservations, opens up Model 3 car sales to all customers in North America," 10 July 2018 The tester came with all-wheel drive, power folding side mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and all the latest modern touches for just over $31,000 in top SEL trim. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-wheel drive was in 1934

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English Language Learners Definition of all-wheel drive

: a system that applies engine power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle together or separately

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