BorgWarner is supplying its electronically controlled four-wheel drive InterActive Torque Management (ITM) system for Honda’s new Pilot SUV, unveiled at this month’s Detroit motor show and due on sale this northern summer.

The system, claimed to deliver better handling and fuel economy, improved security, and more flexibility than passive, mechanical four-wheel drive systems, debuted in late 2000 on the Acura MDX.

BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems president Timothy Manganello also claims that ITM has become the benchmark against which other four-wheel drive systems are measured.

“In the future, we foresee the security and versatility of all-wheel and four-wheel drive systems as standard equipment on all cars — not just SUVs and trucks. By adapting our four-wheel drive technology to front-wheel drive passenger cars, we expect to tap into a market with an estimated growth rate of approximately 200 percent by 2009,” Manganello said.