Fan Koni wrote: SH AWD has been talked about since 2004, in 2007 the rdx suv came into the market with the system.
Ages ago - so yes I am expecting something similar to sh awd.
As you say a system which reacts faster than the current and can disengage to save on fuel.
I am not so much concerned on the fuel savings, but even on the current CRV the time till engagement of the rear wheels is not quick enough. Not talking about snow but just rain and slippage uphill - the current system is not ensuring enough comfort & Safety - both of which is the USP of the CRV. It was never about performance.
-SH-AWD is about performance, and the CR-V needs not.
-SH-AWD is a hell of an expensive and complex system, and the CR-V is on a value position, not luxury.
-People buying CR-Vs care about fuel economy, which is (other than price) why 2WD versions are so popular.
-seems we agree improved responsiveness would be desirable, but if it comes it won't be from a permanent AWD system, nor from a torque-vectoring one. And if you expect so be ready to be disappointed, that's all I'm saying...