Hyundai and its Kia brand are planning to launch a range of new AWD models in coming years, with engineers currently testing a new prototype drivetrain sourced from Sweden’s Haldex. Hyundai is expected to use the same XWD system and electronic differential offered by Saab, making it the first Asian carmaker to use Haldex mechanicals.

The intelligent AWD system can sense how much the vehicle is slipping within a fraction of a second and continuously adapts torque distribution to maintain traction and vehicle stability. The torque can be distributed independently between the front and rear axles and to each individual wheel.

Haldex already supplies AWD systems to Volkswagen, Audi, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda as well as Ford’s Land Rover and Volvo brands. In years to come, Haldex will supply drivetrains to GM’s Opel/Vauxhall, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands and possibly for use in the next-gen Corvette.

Speaking with Auto Motor and Sport, Haldex CEO Joakim Olsson explained that Hyundai was an important client for Haldex as it’s the first time dealing with an Asian partner.