Jeep 4X4 Systems Explained
Choosing a Jeep vehicle means that you’ll have the power and capability to tread confidently across some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain. Since not all 4X4 systems are created equal, Jeep vehicles are engineered to a higher standard than most and tested in some of the most grueling conditions on the planet. This means that when you drive a Jeep, you’ll have the ability to get out and explore the path less traveled and create long-lasting memories with your friends and family. Germain Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Sidney has created this helpful reference guide that explains the various 4X4 systems found across the Jeep model lineup. Let’s take a closer look at their respective features and benefits.
Jeep 4X4 Technology
One of the industry leaders in 4X4 technology, Jeep has made capability the backbone of the brand. Across the entire range of Jeep vehicles, you’ll find a wide variety of innovative 4X4 systems that help you excel both on and off the road. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of some of the key components that help the Jeep 4X4 systems perform in some of the most demanding conditions in the world.
- An essential component of any 4X4 system is its ability to direct power to the wheels. Jeep vehicles come equipped with electronic, mechanical, or brake-assisted differentials to help maximize power delivery and maintain traction at all four wheels.
- Included as standard on Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models, this advanced system can automatically disengage the front sway bar when driving under 18 MPH with 4 Low mode engaged. This allows the front wheels to drop and compress, increasing suspension articulation when crawling over large obstacles.
- Stamped steel skid plates are included as standard on many Jeep vehicles. This high-strength protection safeguards off-road components from damage when you’re on rugged trails and mountain passes with plenty of tricky obstructions.
- Mounted directly to the body of your Jeep vehicle, this available feature (also known as rock sliders or sill guards) adds additional protection from rocks.
- Both the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are engineered with a frame that’s fully boxed for increased durability, flexibility, and strength.
- In addition to smoother and quieter operation, these sophisticated axles boast large pinion bearings, stiff housings, heavy shafts, and above-center pinion mountings. (Front Dana® 44 heavy-duty axle is standard only on the Wrangler Rubicon. Dana 30 front axle is standard on all other models.)
1 – Off-Road Differentials
2 – Front Sway Bar Disconnect System
3 – Skid Plates
4 – Rock Rails
5 – Body-on-Frame Design
6 – Dana® 44 Heavy-Duty Solid Axles
Jeep 4X4 Systems – Availability By Model
Renegade 4X4 Systems
Two innovative 4X4 systems are available on the adventurous Jeep Renegade, each featuring a rear axle disconnect system to alternate between two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Both versions of the Jeep Active Drive Systems help you stay in control, even when just one wheel has traction on the ground.
Compass 4X4 Systems
Choosing the Jeep Compass means that you can select between two available 4X4 systems to suit your needs. Perfect for daily driving, the Jeep Active Drive 4X4 system has all of your bases covered. Step up to the Compass Trailhawk® and you’ll receive the standard Active Drive Low 4×4 System, one of the most capable systems ever found on a compact SUV.
Wrangler 4X4 Systems
Unquestionably the most iconic model in the Jeep model range, the legendary Wrangler has built its reputation on conquering the world’s most inhospitable terrain. Ready for your next adventure, the top-down Wrangler comes standard with a 4X4 system. Other advantages of the Wrangler include an available Command-Trac® transfer case and an exclusive Rock-Trac® 4×4 system on Rubicon variants.
Gladiator 4X4 Systems
As the only open-air pickup truck available on the market, the Jeep Gladiator delivers all the utility of a truck with the go-anywhere capability of the Wrangler lineup. Standard 4X4 along with an optional Command-Trac® transfer case and an exclusive Rock-Trac® 4×4 system on Rubicon variants prove that the Gladiator is truly a force to be reckoned with.
Cherokee 4X4 Systems
Unique to the Jeep Cherokee, shoppers will find three distinct available 4X4 systems that help them stay one step ahead of whatever Mother Nature has in store for their plans.
- Jeep Active Drive I 4×4 System – This full-time system automatically engages four-wheel drive when the conditions demand it. In the event slippage is detected, the system can direct torque to the wheels that need it the most.
- Jeep® Active Drive II 4×4 System – In addition to all of the great features of Active Drive I, this system adds the extra capability of a low range and neutral mode. These are great for low-speed traction and for flat-towing behind an RV.
- Jeep® Active Drive Lock 4×4 System – Standard on Cherokee Trailhawk®, this system offers all of the advantages of Active Drive II along with the addition of a mechanical rear axle lock and exclusive Selec-Terrain® Traction Management Rock mode for maximum capability.
Grand Cherokee 4X4 Systems
No matter where your journey takes you, you can count on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its three proven 4X4 systems to get you there and back with confidence. Not only is the Grand Cherokee one of the most recognizable nameplates in the midsize SUV segment – it’s also one of the most capable.
- Quadra-Trac I® 4×4 System – Without the need to fumble with any buttons or levers, this system is always engaged for all-weather confidence and peace of mind. Paired with its brack lock differential, you’ll always be in control of your next adventure.
- Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 System – For even greater capability, this optional system gains a two-speed low transfer case to detect wheel slippage. Combined with the available Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, drivers can choose individual drive modes for extra confidence.
- Quadra-Drive® II with Rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential – The most advanced 4X4 system in the lineup, an electronic limited-slip differential can transfer up to 100% of available torque to a single rear wheel if desired.