Principle of operation

Electronic stability programme (ESP)

WARNING:
ESP does not relieve you of your responsibility to drive with due care and attention.

Electronic stability programme (ESP)
Electronic stability programme (ESP)

without ESP A
with ESP B

The ESP supports stability when the vehicle starts to slide away from your intended path. This is performed by braking individual wheels and reducing engine torque as needed.

The system also provides an enhanced traction control function by reducing engine torque if the wheels spin when you accelerate. This improves your ability to pull away on slippery roads or loose surfaces, and improves comfort by limiting wheel spin in hairpin bends.

Stability control (ESP) warning lamp

The ESP warning lamp will flash when the system is operating. See Warning lamps and indicators.

Emergency brake assist

WARNING:
Emergency brake assist does not relieve you of your responsibility to drive with due care and attention.

Emergency brake assist will detect when you brake heavily by measuring the rate at which you press the brake pedal. It will provide maximum braking efficiency as long as you press the pedal. Emergency brake assist can reduce stopping distances in critical situations.

Trailer stability control

WARNINGS:
Trailer stability control does not relieve you of your responsibility to tow with due care and attention.

Disabling ESP will turn off the system.

Trailer stability control is an enhanced feature of ESP, and automatically detects when an attached trailer starts to sway.

If this situation occurs, the system will automatically brake individual wheels to stabilise the trailer and vehicle. In case a very severe sway is detected, the engine torque will be reduced and the vehicle will be slowed automatically.

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