Gearbox

Gear positions for automatic gearbox

Updated 3/15/2021

Gear positions for automatic gearbox

With an automatic gearbox, an appropriate gear is selected automatically depending on the need for speed and power.

Changing gear

The gear selector is the shift-by-wire-type where shifting is performed electronically instead of mechanically. This means simpler shifting and more distinct gear positions.

P5-1917-Old gear shift pattern

Overview of large gear lever and gear positions.

For the large gear lever, change gear position by pressing the gear selector forwards or backwards, or to the left for manual shifting.

P5-1917-8G-Gear shift pattern

Overview of small gear lever and gear positions.

For the small gear lever, change gear position by pressing the spring-loaded gear selector forwards or backwards, or sideways for manual shifting.

Gear positions

Park position - P

For the small gear lever, use the P button located next to the gear selector to activate Park position. For the large lever, move the gear lever to gear position P to activate Park position.

The gearbox is mechanically blocked when the P position is engaged.

Select the P position when the car is parked or when starting the engine. The car must be stationary when the park position is selected.

To select another gear position when the park position is selected, the brake pedal must be depressed and the ignition position must be II. The engine has to be running for cars with the small gear lever.

To park - first apply the parking bake and then select park position.

Warning

Always use the parking brake when parking on an inclined surface. Engaging a gear or the automatic transmission's P position is not sufficient to hold the car stationary in all situations.

Note

To be able to lock the car and arm the alarm, the gear position must be in P.

Help functionsApplies to cars with the small gear lever.

For cars with the small gear lever, the system will change to P position automatically.

  • if the car is switched off in D or R position when stationary.
  • if the car is moving at low speed when the driver unbuckles the seatbelt and opens the driver's door without a pedal depressed.

To park a car without wearing the seatbelt and with the door open - exit the P position by selecting R or D again.

If the car is switched off in neutral position, there is no automatic change-over to P position. This is to allow you to wash the car in the type of car wash that requires the car to be rolled through the facility.

Reverse position - R

Select position R to reverse. The car must be stationary when reverse position is selected.

Neutral position - N

No gear is engaged and the engine can be started. Apply the parking brake if the car is stationary with the gear selector in N position.

To be able to move the gear selector from the N position to another gear position, the brake pedal must be depressed and the ignition position must be II. The engine has to be running for cars with the small gear lever.

Drive position - D

D is the normal driving position. Shifting up and down takes place automatically based on the level of acceleration and speed.

The car must be stationary when changing gear from R position to D position.

Manual gearshift mode - M

P5-1917-Old gear shift pattern in driver display

Overview of the shift pattern in the driver display for large gear lever.

The manual gearshift mode can be selected at any time while driving. The car engine-brakes when the accelerator pedal is released.

Select manual gearshift mode by moving the gear selector sideways from position D to the end position at " ± ". The driver display shows which gear is used.

  • Press the gear selector forwards to "+" (plus) to change up one step and release it.
  • Press the gear selector backwards to "" (minus) to change down one step and release it.
  • Press the gear selector to the side to its end position at D to return to the D position.
P5P6-1917-8G-Gear shift mode M in driver display

Overview of the shift pattern in the driver display for small gear lever.

The manual gearshift mode can be selected at any time while driving. The car engine-brakes when the accelerator pedal is released.

Select manual gear position by moving the gear selector backwards from the D position. The driver display shows which gear is being used.

  • Press the gear selector to the right to "+" (plus) to change up one step and release it.
  • Press the gear selector to the left to "" (minus) to change down one step and release it.
  • Press the gear selector backwards to return to the D position.

The gearbox automatically shifts down if the speed decreases to a level lower than appropriate for the selected gear, in order to avoid jerking and stalling.


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