Mazda will count on a newly developed vehicle-handling technology to help distinguish its newest model, the 2019 CX-30.
The crossover's early marketing materials tout Mazda's G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which uses the brake to provide yaw moment control — reduced twisting — to enhance stability.
According to Mazda, when the vehicle is cornering, GVC Plus "lightly applies the brake force to the outer wheels" while the steering wheel returns to the center position.
"This provides a recovery moment that restores the vehicle to straight-line running and achieves greater stability," Mazda said in a release for the CX-30. "As a result, the car better handles emergency avoidance maneuvers and offers more confidence-inspiring control in various situations, including lane changes at high speed and driving on slippery surfaces such as snowy roads."
Mazda said it is also adding GVC Plus to the 2019 CX-5 compact crossover.
The automaker says the "system realizes consistently smooth transitions between yaw, roll and pitch even under high cornering forces, improving the vehicle's ability to accurately track sudden steering inputs and crisply exit corners."
The technology also is included on the 2019 Mazda3.
"Mazda's focus has always been on perfecting the interaction between the driver and the car," Dave Coleman, manager of vehicle dynamics engineering for Mazda North American Operations, told Automotive News. "In studying the subtle feedback loop between the driver's steering inputs and the car's response, we found that a tiny inconsistency in response at the beginning of an input would lead to a lot of correction and re-correction later in the corner. GVC Plus is designed to make that first response consistent and predictable, so the car can follow the driver's intended path naturally and intuitively."