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Shifting gear on the multi-function sports steering wheel
By shifting gear on the multi-function sports steering wheel, you can switch temporarily from automatic selection mode D to manual mode M.
Shifting gear using the multi-function sports steering wheel can be useful in the following situations:
The manual selection mode remains engaged:
The system leaves manual selection mode:
Driving in gliding mode
Through attentive driving, fuel can be saved in gliding mode. The vehicle rolls with the engine disengaged and at idle speed without engine braking effect.
Preconditions for automatic gliding mode
Gliding mode is recognisable by the idle speed indicated on the tachometer.
In the case of a sporty driving or when swiftly releasing the accelerator pedal, gliding mode is suppressed to allow targeted use of the engine braking effect. On more pronounced uphill gradients, “gliding” is also prevented as the gliding phases are very short due to the gradient and no significant fuel savings can be achieved.
On more pronounced downhill gradients, gliding is suppressed because here, the vehicle does not slow down, despite engine braking and no fuel is consumed in this driving situation due to utilisation of the overrun shut-off.
Ending gliding mode and utilising engine braking effect
Initiating gliding mode manually
When gliding mode is suppressed, e.g. in the case of sporty driving, sudden release of the accelerator pedal or excessively low engine temperature, gliding mode can be initiated manually.