Mitsubishi Cars with CVT Are Not Strong Uphill, Really? – CVT transmission is an alternative to the issue of world fuel scarcity. This transmission has a very simple design so as to provide high fuel efficiency. But there is an issue that the CVT is not able to pass uphill roads like for example the CVT in Mitsubishi.
The CVT transmission has many advantages although it also has disadvantages. If from the side of the advantages we can see at least in terms of dimensions and weight of the transmission. Obviously simpler and lighter so it has an impact on fuel use. Several test results provide significant results about fuel efficiency in cars with CVT transmission. Especially if we compare it with vehicles with transmissions such as conventional automatic transmissions, especially manual transmissions.
On the other side, vehicles with CVT also have weaknesses. One of the things that many people question is the ability to climb uphill. Not a few complaints about this problem. But is it true? We will try to discuss this problem in the following article. For the record, I try to explain it from experience using one of the Mitsubishi vehicles that use a CVT transmission.
Mitsubishi Cars with CVT Are Not Strong Uphill
The extreme incline is often a scourge for CVT transmission cars. In some countries, even though the road is uphill quite a lot. In this growing issue, we will try to discuss the ability of Mitsubishi – New Xpander – to face obstacles like this.
Currently, we cannot deny that almost all of the world’s automotive companies use CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) transmission technology in their new cars. One of them is the Mitsubishi New Xpander which leaves its conventional 4-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, we know that both CVT and conventional automatic transmissions have their advantages and disadvantages. However, if we talk about daily cars that are mostly used in urban areas, CVT is a logical choice.
Regardless of the choice of vehicles with different transmissions, all have their own reasons. Whatever the reason, actually it all boils down to one conclusion, namely the comfort factor and fuel efficiency. This is a consideration for almost all vehicle consumers, both in developing countries and even in developed countries.
“With CVT, there is very little friction. With less friction, driving becomes more enjoyable because there is no pounding (because there is no gear change)”.
Testing Through Inclines With An Inclination Angle Of 21 Degrees
Behind the advantages of the CVT mentioned above, of course, this type of transmission still has major drawbacks that are of concern to potential consumers. One of the questions that often arises is, “Strong climbing or not?” Answering this question, we also had time to test the Mitsubishi New Xpander. In this unofficial experiment, we take him to one of the tourist destinations with the most extreme incline that becomes the ‘area’ of testing.
The filling place is good enough to test the capabilities of this Mitsubishi CVT. The incline has a slope of 21 degrees with a gradient of 23%. As an illustration, the majority of the incline around urban areas only has a slope of 10-15 degrees. The incline of 16 degrees is actually quite difficult, let alone 21 degrees.
To test the Mitsubishi New Xpander, we brought six personnel with a total weight of more than 450 kilograms. We take the average passenger weight is 60 – 70 kilograms. That means that the weight is enough to simulate a car filled with seven passengers with normal weight.
The main factor in the ability of a car to go uphill is not really its power. However, the car’s ability to properly distribute power from the engine to the road surface. This means that the transmission and the tire’s ability to find traction are the two most important things.
To go uphill with the Mitsubishi New Xpander (with CVT), we use L (Low) gear on the transmission. We deliberately didn’t use the momentum because we wanted to see the reliability of this car when we were stuck in situations that are commonly experienced by consumers. When we went up an incline, at first we hesitated because the car engine felt like it lacked the power to climb. In fact, we have pressed the gas pedal 100% but the engine speed remains consistent in the range of 2,000 – 3,000 rpm. In fact, this Mitsubishi car with a CVT is able to conquer slopes with extreme slope angles and gradients quite well.
The Key To Uphill Is The Transmission And Traction Control
After going through some re-observations, we just realized that the low speed of the engine is actually not because the available power is not enough. This Mitsubishi engine with CVT has a 4-cylinder DOHC 1,499 cc engine coded 4A91. This machine has MIVEC technology which is capable of producing 103.5 HP of power with 141 Nm of torque. Very enough for a 7-seater Low MPV.
The phenomenon that we experienced was actually the ability of the Mitsubishi New Xpander’s transmission and traction control to channel optimal power for the car to go up. As we mentioned earlier, the ability of the car to distribute power to the road surface is key. The ECU system embedded in the vehicle signals the engine, transmission and traction control to properly output and distribute power. This condition aims to make the tires of the car get the best traction and can accelerate the car when passing through an incline.
Evidently, this car did not experience wheelspin at all so that engine power was not wasted and the car did not ‘sag’ down. This is actually the optimal way of climbing. This means that this car is not completely dependent on the quality of the grip of the tires. The reason is, if the car is too dependent on the quality of the tire grip, there will be times when the tires wear out and in the end make the car actually difficult when going uphill.