Changing the selector lever position The selector lever is locked when the ignition is switched off.
When the ignition is switched on, the selector lever can be moved from position P and N only when the release button is pressed, and when the brake pedal is pressed.
The release button (arrow) in the selector lever prevents the gear from being changed unintentionally.
The release button must be pressed when shifting to position R or P.
The engine can be started only if the brake pedal is depressed and the selector lever is in position P or N.
Only select the desired position for driving off (D, M or R) when the engine is idling and the brake pedal is depressed.
Since the vehicle creeps when in gear, do not release the brake until you want to move off.
After selecting a gear, do not accelerate until you can feel that the gear is engaged.
Driving off on hills
The Drive-Off Assistant assists the driver when moving off on hills. The vehicle is held on the slope for a short time during the change from the brake pedal to the accelerator in order to allow driving off directly after the brake is released.
Please see the chapter "DRIVE-OFF ASSISTANT" on page 142.
Indicator for selector lever position and engaged gear When the engine is running, the selector lever position and engaged gear are indicated.
If the selector lever is between two positions
The corresponding selector-lever position in the instrument panel
flashes and the warning "Actuate brake" or "Selector lever not
engaged" appears on the on-board computer.
Operate the footbrake and engage the selector lever properly.
If the selector lever is inadvertently (due to a defect or incorrect operation) moved out of P or N into gear without pressing the brake, this gear will start to "flash" and no power transmission is built up. To drive off, press the brake and move the selector lever from P or N into the required gear again.