An automobile chassis features suspension, steering and brakes, with each component playing a vital role in vehicle dynamics. Together, these chassis components work to deliver a smooth ride, confident handling and safe stopping power. Nissan has developed its Chassis Control technologies to take each of these chassis components further and provide an even greater level of vehicle performance, fun and safety.
Three main technologies make up Nissan's Chassis Control: Active Trace Control, Active Engine Brake and Active Ride Control. Here, we'll take a look at what each of these systems does, how they work, and why you may want to find a new Nissan that's equipped with these advanced chassis technologies!
Active Trace Control (ATC) was developed as a form of automatic brake control and is designed to intervene to enhance the handling performance of the vehicle before it becomes unstable in cornering. The system can automatically engage and adjust the braking on the inside and outside wheels when the vehicle is cornering, promoting an optimal line through any corner. If you've ever found yourself entering a turn at too high of a speed and tried correcting it mid-corner, you'll understand how this advanced brake assistance system can help you stay on the road safely.
Multiple sensors detect the driver's steering, acceleration and braking inputs. These inputs are sent to the Chassis Control Module, which takes that information and sends a command to the anti-lock braking system to provide brake pressure to optimize cornering performance. This advanced system constantly monitors steering inputs as well as the speed of the wheels, the yaw rate and the lateral and longitudinal forces acting on the vehicle to safely deliver braking assistance when needed.
With Active Ride Control (ARC) onboard your Nissan vehicle, you can enjoy greater stability and riding comfort. Just as when you accelerate or brake, there's a pitching motion on the vehicle, Nissan's Active Ride Control utilizes this movement over bumps and rough road surfaces to counterbalance the vehicle, so that passengers experience a smoother ride.
When vehicle pitching due to bumps is minor, the ARC system increases or decreases engine torque to improve ride quality. In instances where the pitching motion is more severe, such as over larger bumps, the system automatically applies slight braking pressure to help minimize the body motion of the vehicle.
Nissan's Active Engine Brake (AEB) is designed to reduce the amount of braking pressure required from the driver during cornering. This advanced technology can add a small amount of engine braking when the driver applies the brakes, providing the desired output without as much required input from the driver. The result is more confident braking and enhanced cornering abilities!
For an enhanced braking feel and more confidence when approaching corners at speed, the AEB system automatically adjusts the transmission gearing ratio to deliver engine braking that complements the driver's braking input. With an additional level of braking provided through the powertrain, the driver isn't required to deliver the full braking pressure required to navigate a corner safely.
If you'd like to discover more about the Chassis Control technologies found on many new Nissan vehicles, contact the team at Nissan of Fort Myers. Our dealership in Fort Myers, Florida, is the area's source for Nissan vehicles and information, so don't hesitate to stop by our convenient location near Cape Coral or reach out to our team online.
You can also schedule a test drive of one of our vehicles that features Chassis Control technologies, such as the new Nissan Rogue, where you can experience many of the advanced Nissan systems and features available.