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Between the launch of the all-new XC60, and the XC40 waiting in the wings, this has been an exciting year for Volvo. But the future looks brighter than ever, with the recent announcement that all the brand’s models will feature hybrid power by 2019. Yet for all that good news, this year also represents a very special occasion—one we’re eager to share with our current or prospective customers. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the brand’s all-wheel drive system!

That might not be that exciting for our Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, and Bixby shoppers, especially considering well over two-thirds of the year is made up of sunny days in our corner of Oklahoma. But where the Volvo 850 Estate’s mechanical all-wheel drive was a hit when it launched for the 1997 model year, its improvements over the years have come to benefit more than wet-weather traction.

Today, models like the XC90 feature an “Active On Demand” all-wheel drive system. Although the name might indicate the contrary, this system powers all four wheels continuously, with lightweight components and electronics to lessen the impact on gas mileage. By keeping the engine’s power to all four wheels at all times, it’s easier to shift power to wheels or axles that are losing traction. Aided by sensors, Volvo’s Active On Demand system continuously looks out for signs of decreased traction, handling, or stability performance.

The results aren’t just great grip when it rains or snows, but a system that has your back in all instances—sending power where it’s needed, without you being any the wiser. But in the future, Volvo’s AWD will become even more flexible than ever. This is a direct result of its push to electrify the whole lineup by next year. With a greater presence of digital components, vehicle systems will be able to control each wheel and its suspension unit independently—bringing a ride that’s more comfortable, confident, and controlled.

With an average of six inches of snow a year in our local Tulsa, OK, you may not always need the AWD prowess of our new Volvo models, but it never hurts to be prepared. Beyond that, the efficiency and performance benefits are one-of-a-kind. To learn more about how an all-wheel drive Volvo can make a difference for your daily needs, contact our showroom and speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives.

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