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post #1 of 85 Old 06-12-2015, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Found this explanation on Autos.ca;


“Mazda have made some impressive changes to the AWD system. On the mechanical side, they aimed for less weight and smaller packaging, coming out 20 percent lighter than in the larger CX-5 and fitting in the smaller CX-3. On the software side, Mazda has incorporated information from a slew of new and existing sensors for temperature, moisture, wipers, brake pressure, steering wheel angle, power steering feedback and more. A new algorithm processes 200 data points per second in order to determine torque distribution, even doing so preemptively if it detects a slippery surface in a static position. Standard torque split sends 98 percent of power to the front, and up to 50 percent of the torque can be shifted to the rear, though there is no AWD locking function.“

First Drive: 2016 Mazda CX-3 - Autos.ca
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Another review;
Mazda CX-3: Urban Crossover with a Mind of its Own |

I found this comment about the new AWD system on the CX-3 interesting;
“...the presenter moonwalked around the stage to demonstrate how we subconsciously adjust our gait when feel an icy surface beneath our feet. That’s what the CX-3’s all-wheel drive system does in milli-seconds before deciding how much power to dispatch to each wheel in order to gain traction. Artificial Intelligence is truly here.“

Referencing their 'simulated snow conditions' in AZ in the spring;
“Not one nearby cactus was harmed in our rigorous pedal-to-the-metal test. The A.I. kicked in and it pulled away smoothly with neither a judder nor a slip.“
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I've driven AWD and 4WD vehicles before in some snow up here in Toronto, I hope it's as good as the CX-5, no reason it shouldn't be better.

There's a great video (funny too)from BBC's Top Gear, showing a VW Tiguan vs CX-5 towing mini campers in mud and forested area. Even has the Mazda Stop assist kick in at the end when he went to park. I'll try to find it to post.
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Why would it be better than the CX5?
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I've driven AWD and 4WD vehicles before in some snow up here in Toronto, I hope it's as good as the CX-5, no reason it shouldn't be better.

There's a great video (funny too)from BBC's Top Gear, showing a VW Tiguan vs CX-5 towing mini campers in mud and forested area. Even has the Mazda Stop assist kick in at the end when he went to park. I'll try to find it to post.
Have you driven any other vehicles with a similar system?
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Why would it be better than the CX5?
The AWD system on the CX-3 is supposed to 'anticipate' when you will need AWD. Supposedly that makes the AWD kick in faster/sooner. It uses information from more sensors than the CX-5.
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I think that is expected to some extent, isn't the CX5 due for a next generation model or some major update?
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I was thinking that Mazda must be planning to put the same system in the CX5 next generation. It doesn't really make sense to have better features on the CX3 than the CX5. The CX5 sits above the CX3 in the range.
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Does anyone know if they updated the AWD system with the 2016 refresh?
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Per Mazda media release 2/9/2015

"Mazda’s renowned AWD system is also updated for 2016."

KBB says
"The available all-wheel drive system also has been revised for more efficient operation."

Couldn't fnd any detail about the changes
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