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Why the romance of the 4-wheel drive is sputtering to irrelevance

With compact SUVs reigning supreme, the more expensive 4 x 4 technology is finding few takers.
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13 Aug 2019 7 Mins Read 3 comments
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Amid the vast crisis playing out in the Indian auto industry, this subplot is easy to miss: The romance of the 4-wheel drive (4WD) system is sputtering to irrelevance. The technology that was launched with the Willys Jeep CJ-2A in 1945, the first 4WD SUV to be produced globally, is fast losing traction. Despite the rugged utilitarianism, this class
ET Prime’s queries. So, is it going to be curtains for 4WDs as affordability reigns supreme in SUVs? If auto experts are to be believed, carmakers will continue to churn out 4WD models in small numbers to meet the demand from die-hard enthusiasts. But you can rule out a sharp U-turn in fortunes. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Amid the vast crisis playing out in the Indian auto industry, this subplot is easy to miss: The romance of the 4-wheel drive (4WD) system is sputtering to irrelevance. The technology that was launched with the Willys Jeep CJ-2A in 1945, the first 4WD SUV to be produced globally, is fast losing traction. Despite the rugged utilitarianism, this class ET Prime’s queries. So, is it going to be curtains for 4WDs as affordability reigns supreme in SUVs? If auto experts are to be believed, carmakers will continue to churn out 4WD models in small numbers to meet the demand from die-hard enthusiasts. But you can rule out a sharp U-turn in fortunes. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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