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IS AWD too Costly?

An AWD IDx might tickle a few fantasies, could we see an AWD derivative? I'm not sure if the additional, heft, cost and parasitic power loss would be able to justify the effort...
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it is and i rather just have this be rwd making it one more reason for it to be cheaper.
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I suspect implementing a all wheel drive system would drive up the cost. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to offer it as an option for those who are looking for stability and control during the winter season. Unless the IDX will just be a summer car...
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It is important for winter driving though. I think that Nissan will offer AWD on the IDx so that people like me in Canada will be better able to cope with harsher winter conditions. I'm not convinced at this point that the AWD would really be that much of a drain on the power of the IDx. It's hard to say something like that until we see the production version.
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it's not, i had my own experience driving in winter weather with a rwd vehicle and it's not an issue, you just need to have winter tires, know how to drive in winter and understand the limitations of your car with what ever winter tires you have on it.
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It is important for winter driving though. I think that Nissan will offer AWD on the IDx so that people like me in Canada will be better able to cope with harsher winter conditions. I'm not convinced at this point that the AWD would really be that much of a drain on the power of the IDx. It's hard to say something like that until we see the production version.
All AWD systems steal power, its a fact of the industry. Average is about 15-20% depending on what type of system is being used. Figure that in a 200 HP car you would be losing between 30-40 HP just from driving the front wheels and thats without factoring in other driveline losses...
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Yeah it steals power but you are getting awd and wouldn't it be a possibility that the car maker include more power with an awd model? I mean this is a car where if they throw in awd that they're going to do it in a performance model and not some lower end trim, unless i'm wrong.
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AWD may not be necessary for winter driving, but I think that it definitely can help people drive in the winter. If Nissan can make some money by offering AWD, then I don't see why they wouldn't do it. If its profitable, why not?
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it's not, i had my own experience driving in winter weather with a rwd vehicle and it's not an issue, you just need to have winter tires, know how to drive in winter and understand the limitations of your car with what ever winter tires you have on it.
It really depends on the conditions of the roads. Regardless of winter tires Ive seen bad cases from bmw 3series, Lexus IS and others lose control. Once there is ice its worse.
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no they don't offer more power with AWD, then they would never sell anything else, not to mention drive up the costs even further for the end user...
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