Like the typical HSV driver, E3 is bold without being reckless, exuding confidence from go to whoa. Launch Control gives you perfect command of manual transmission under maximum acceleration, in any road conditions, while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps a spirited driver avoid understeer or oversteer through the curves.
ESC also integrates a full suite of safety enhancements including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS). Extended Cruise Control (ECC) has been introduced to keep you safe and legal on long Australian highways, especially when towing. It employs the ABS system to automatically control the brakes on descents, when the natural tendency is to accelerate downhill. The Xenon head lamps on Grange, and the combination of projector head lamps and Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) on all E3 HSVs, create remarkable visibility. They also make it easier for oncoming drivers to judge your distance and speed. In the event of an accident, an E3 HSV protects all its occupants with six airbags ready to deploy in the blink of an eye, including dual-stage airbags for driver and front passenger, side impact airbags for driver and front passenger plus side curtain airbags.
For the youngest HSV enthusiasts, there are three rear-seat child restraint anchor points, while the driver and front passenger are embraced by lap/sash seat belts with load limiters, pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and height adjust. If the pre-tensioners are triggered by an impact, the onboard computer instinctively initiates Emergency Mode, turning the engine and fuel pump off. It also unlocks doors and turns hazard and interior lamps on, if battery power is available.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Exclusively calibrated by HSV, ESC monitors steering wheel angle and speed to make turning and cornering safer. If skidding occurs, ESC activates to apply brake pressure to individual wheels and, if necessary, reduces engine power.
Traction Control System (TCS)
For maximum grip in wet and icy conditions, TCS activates to reduce slippage by adjusting drive and brake force, greatly reducing wheelspin.
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Regulates brake force to ensure an ideal distribution of brake torque between front and rear brakes, thereby minimising stopping distance.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Reduces wheel lock under heavy braking situations by momentarily releasing brake pressure at the wheels required. This improves stopping distances on most surfaces, improves braking efficiency and enables better steering in demanding braking conditions.
Electronic Brake Assist (EBA)
In emergency braking situations, few people apply the required pressure to the brake pedal. EBA activates to maximise brake pressure performance.