BorgWarner to supply transfer cases for Nissan SUV’s and Pick-up’s

January 26, 2021

BorgWarner to supply its durable part-time transfer cases to Nissan for production of Navara pick-up and Paladin SUV models (Courtesy BorgWarner)

BorgWarner Inc., headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, has secured a contract to supply its part-time transfer cases to the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan, for production of its Navara pick-up and Paladin SUV models. The deal marks the first time BorgWarner has supplied transfer cases to Nissan, extending their existing relationship.

The company’s two-speed, shift-on-the-fly transfer cases are said to feature driver-selectable controls with an electric motor for quick, smooth and accurate shifting between different drive modes.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to provide BorgWarner’s proven transfer case technology to Nissan for production on various platforms,” stated Dr Volker Weng, president and General Manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems. “With our experience in the development of all-wheel drive solutions, we are able to provide a part-time transfer case that enables improved vehicle dynamics and performance. This is our first collaboration with Nissan in this area and we look forward to supporting their business goals by delivering exceptional technology, quality and value.”

Part-time transfer cases offer various operating ranges, including two-wheel drive (2WD) high, four-wheel drive (4WD) high and 4WD low. A 2WD high range is normally used on paved, dry roads; 4WD high for extra traction on snow-covered roads or when driving off-road on flat terrain; and 4WD low for driving off-road on rough terrain or when navigating steep grades.

The transfer case solution from BorgWarner reportedly allows the driver to shift between two-wheel and all-wheel drive modes. The system provides superior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance for superior drivability regardless of the terrain, along with speedy drive mode shifting of 0.7 seconds or less and range shifting of one second or less.

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