Load Adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) Explained

August 8th, 2019 by

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris Vans parked together on jobsite

To keep your business moving, you have to have a strong and versatile vehicle that can handle a variety of road conditions. The Load Adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) feature lets Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris drivers do just that by providing added stability and control on Cook County roadways. Mercedes-Benz of Chicago covers how this feature can help drivers manage the tough Chicago weather!

What Does the Electronic Stability Program Do?

ESP® works with other features like the Antilock Braking System to keep the vehicle under control when encountering slippery or challenging roads. This system will step in when understeer, oversteer, or wheel spin are detected. To do this, the ESP® system will reduce engine power and automatically brake individual wheels to help drivers regain control. With this system aboard your Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle, you won’t have to lose out on business and take a snow day.

How Does the Electronic Stability Program Work?

ESP® is an active system, using sensors and a microcomputer to monitor whether the direction of the vehicle matches up with the driver’s steering input. If ESP® detects the vehicle moving in a different direction, the system reacts immediately, without needing additional driver input. At this point, the system will help “steer” the vehicle back on course by controlling engine power and the vehicle’s braking system.

ESP® makes sure to only generate the desired counteracting force, thanks to its ability to selectively control individual wheel braking. The system regulates engine power to help direct the vehicle’s path. These combined actions allow the Mercedes-Benz Metris to react, within reason, as the driver intends for greater safely while traveling the streets and highways of Chicago.

ESP® vs. ESC

ESC stands for Electronic Stability Control and is essentially the Electronic Stability Program with a different name. If you see ESC listed on our inventory of new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, you’ll still get the traction control and assisted braking that can be found with the ESP® system.

Upgrade Your Business with Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles

With multiple configurations, seemingly endless upfits, and a host of features dedicated to making your workday run smoothly, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz Metris Vans remain a top choice for Cook County business owners. Experience the full potential of these Mercedes-Benz commercial vans when you schedule a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Chicago. We can show you how the Sprinter offers more room than other work van titans, like the RAM ProMaster!

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