ESP Coming to All Jeeps (no, not that ESP!)

Date 2004/11/25 0:00:00 | Topic: Liberty

Electronic Stabilty Control (ESP) will be standard in 2006
(from a DaimlerChrysler press release)

DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group announced today that it will make its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) standard on all of its SUVs in 2006 in the United States, including several models as early as 2005.

Electronic Stability Program enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. It provides the greatest benefit in critical driving situations, such as turns, and is especially valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions, such as patchy snow, ice or gravel. If there’s a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering and the vehicle’s path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input to put the car back onto the driver’s intended path.

The system is calibrated to offer safe control of the vehicle under a variety of conditions, and to operate in a manner that is not intrusive in normal or spirited driving.

The ESP system is currently available on Chrysler Crossfire and 300, Dodge Magnum and Jeep® Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler Group has introduced an additional enhancement on the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, an electronic rollover mitigation system that extends the ESP technology and provides enhanced vehicle stability during emergency maneuvers on all surfaces. The system observes and monitors the vehicle roll attitude and lateral force to estimate the potential for a rollover situation. If necessary, the engine torque is reduced and a short burst of full braking is applied to the appropriate wheel to help stabilize the vehicle attitude and reduce the vehicle’s lateral force.

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