All new for 2017, G-Vectoring Control uses the engine in conjunction with the steering, throttle inputs, and suspension response, to provide a more refined driving experience for both driver and passengers.
Mazda states that “Drivers will find they’ll be making less subtle adjustments to the steering wheel while driving down the highway or streets. This can result in a more energetic and refreshed feeling even after longer drives. Drivers will be more confident navigating on a curvy road to get to that mountain resort or spot overlooking a breathtaking view of the beach.”
Passengers also benefit from the new technology. Occupants experience less sway during tight turns and rapid lane changes, which means fewer aches and fatigue during a trip. Even young passengers like a baby in their car seat will be less likely awoken due to the smooth ride. Finally, there’s a greater sense of security since the car can feel more planted on the road, especially during adverse weather conditions like heavy rain and snow.
“Conceptually, it’s really simple. Every time you make a steering wheel input it reduces the engine torque a ridiculously small amount,” said Dave Coleman, development engineer at Mazda. “Enough to shift a little bit of extra load on the front tires and that extra weight on the front tires sharpens the response, gives better steering feedback and a more natural cornering posture.”
G-Vectoring Control is the first technology implemented into the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS. G-Vectoring Control comes standard on all 2017 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback models.