WARNING   WARNING:  The system does not replace the parking brake. When you leave your vehicle, always apply the parking brake.
WARNING   WARNING:  You must remain in your vehicle when the system turns on. At all times, you are responsible for controlling your vehicle, supervising the system and intervening, if required. Failure to take care may result in the loss of control of your vehicle, serious personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  The system will turn off if a malfunction is apparent or if you rev the engine excessively. Failure to take care may result in the loss of control of your vehicle, serious personal injury or death.

The system makes it easier to pull away when your vehicle is on a slope without the need to use the parking brake.
When the system is active, your vehicle will remain stationary on the slope for two to three seconds after you release the brake pedal.This allows you time to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal. The brakes are released automatically once the engine has developed sufficient drive to prevent your vehicle from rolling down the slope.This is an advantage when pulling away on a slope (for example from a car park ramp, traffic lights or when reversing uphill into a parking space).
The system will turn on automatically on any slope which can result in significant vehicle rollback.
Note:   Hill start assist is available in vehicles with electronic stability control (ESC).
Using Hill Start Assist
  1. Press the brake pedal to bring your vehicle to a complete standstill. Keep the brake pedal pressed.
  1. If the sensors detect that your vehicle is on a slope, the system will be activated automatically.
  1. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, your vehicle will remain on the slope without rolling away for approximately two or three seconds. This hold time will automatically be extended if you are in the process of driving off.
  1. Drive off in the normal manner. The brakes will be released automatically.
Enable and Disable the System
You can enable the system only if the following conditions are met:
  • The engine is running.
  • You close driver door.
  • The parking brake is fully disengaged.
  • No failure mode is present.
  • Accelerator pedal is not depressed.
  • Vehicle is completely stopped.
  • Uphill: Gear shift lever should be in drive (D) for Automatic transmission and in any position other than reverse (R) for manual transmission.
  • Downhill: Gear shift lever should be in reverse (R).
To disable the system, perform one of the following:
  • Apply the parking brake.
  • Open the driver door.
  • Drive off uphill without re-applying the brake.
  • Wait for one to two seconds after you remove your foot from the brake pedal.
  • If the system is active in a forward gear, select reverse gear.
  • If the system is active in neutral, release the clutch pedal (Manual transmission).
  • If the system is active in reverse gear, select neutral.
Switching the System On and Off
Note:   You can only switch the system on and off if your vehicle has a manual transmission.
Note:   The system will remain on or off depending on how it was last set.
Your vehicle comes with this feature already enabled.If required, you can switch this feature off using the information display.See   General Information