Mazda has announced that it is rolling out a new feature to improve vehicle handling called G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). The new feature will land first on the updated CX-5 crossover in Japan. Pre-orders for that updated CX-5 start today.
Mazda says that the original G-Vectoring Control was the first control system in the world that varied engine torque in response to steering inputs. It also added control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces and optimized the vertical load on each wheel for smoother and more efficient motion of the vehicle. Mazda’s new GVC Plus uses the brakes to add direct yaw movement control.
Mazda says using the brakes further enhances handling on the vehicle. When the driver is steering out of a corner by moving the wheel back to centered, GVC Plus applies braking to the outer wheels to stabilize moving the vehicle back to the intended line. Mazda says the new system can move smoothly between yaw, roll, and pitch under high cornering forces.
GVC Plus can improve control in emergency avoidance maneuvers and promises to improve the feeling of control when changing lanes on a highway. Mazda says that control is improved in poor road conditions like snow or ice as well.
There is no indication of when the feature might come to the US or to other vehicle lines. Mazda recently announced that its 2019 CX-9 was getting ventilated seats, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto in the US.