We covered the FCA Montreal Winter Drive Program a bit ago. It might sound like a school event, but it is really a giant ice covered obstacle course that Chrysler set up to show off how amazing their vehicles are on winter surfaces. Every major vehicle of theirs made an appearance in some form or another, such as Dodge with the Charger Pursuit –the police variant- and the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Courses were designed to test steering and hills. While I was not lucky enough to attend, Kristin Barclay of In Deep H2O was able to and had some interesting tidbits to share about the event.
The most interesting highlight is the one she makes about the AWD capable Chryslers. She quotes a stat that “In 2014, 32% of all Chrysler 300 sedans and 30% of all Dodge Chargers sold were all-wheel drive vehicles.” She also explains that she didn’t really understand the difference between AWD and the rest of the set-ups. Even living in a place with regular snow fall makes me feel like I’m terribly unaware of the real differences.
She experience with the 2015 Chrysler 200 is one that I find interesting. Not just that I like the new sedan, but how well it handles itself on the icy terrain. She talks about the AWD system in the 200 and how it “sends up to 60 percent of the engine’s output to the rear tires.” She also got the chance to feel the difference between winter and all-season tires.
Another ego boost for the sedan is that when she asked the professional instructors at the event which vehicle they enjoyed the most. Their answer, which I do agree with you that I would’ve thought one of the bigger trucks or meaner muscle cars, was the 2015 200.
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