IN a first for the industry the limited edition Pioneer 1000-3 LE side by side vehicle (SSV) features an intelligent four wheel drive system.
Benefits of the modern 4WD systems include brake traction control, hill start assist and electronic brake force distributions.
In a statement, Honda said combined with the torque biasing limited slip differential, the system would provide as much tractive force as a locking differential.
“Applying torque to the wheel with greater grip reduces steer effort and kickback compared to standard diff-lock,” Honda said.
Honda said the automatically optimised brake force distribution would force distribution between the front and rear breaks, even when the vehicle is fully loaded.
“The result is excellent traction on a wide range of challenging surfaces, a more relaxed driving experience and no need to stop and engage diff-lock,” Honda said.
The Pioneer has a 999cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder Unicam four-stroke engine, said Honda, along with a six-speed automatic dual clutch transmission and electronic power steering.
“The sophisticated electric power steering system (EPS) reacts to both vehicle speed and steering input, delivering precise driving feedback while also reducing steering effort,” said Honda.
“This is true even with the front differential locked, as kickback at the steering wheel is reduced in technical terrain.”
Drivers can override gear selection at any time, said Honda, using paddle shifters.
A series of car standard features are included, said Honda, including illuminated dash switches, cup holders and LED headlights.
Aluminium A-arm guards and a skid plate protect the vehicle against rocks.
“It is designed to excel in off-road use,” Honda said.