Driving on poor roads
Because of its greater ground clearance, the ve‐
hicle can be driven on a variety of road types and
All-wheel drive can help improve forward mo‐
Objects in unpaved areas, for instance stones
or branches, can damage the vehicle. There is
a risk of damage to property. Do not drive on
When driving on poor roads
For your own safety, for the safety of passengers
and of the vehicle, heed the following points:
▷ Familiarize yourself with the vehicle before
▷ Do not take risks when driving.
▷ Adjust the speed to the road surface condi‐
tions. The steeper and more uneven the road
surface, the slower the speed should be.
▷ When driving on steep uphill or downhill
grades: add engine oil and coolant up to near
the MAX mark.
▷ On steep downhill grades, use Hill Descent
▷ Avoid that the chassis bottom coming in con‐
tact with the ground.
The ground clearance is no more than 7.8 in‐
ches/20 cm and can vary according to the ve‐
▷ When wheels continue to spin, depress the
accelerator so that driving stability control
systems can distribute the driving force to the
wheels. Activate DTC Dynamic Traction Con‐
trol if available.
After a trip on poor roads
After a trip on poor roads, check wheels and tires
for damage to maintain driving safety. Clear
heavy soiling from the body.
General driving notes
Closing the tailgate
An open tailgate protrudes from the vehicle and
can endanger occupants and other traffic par‐
ticipants or damage the vehicle in the event of
an accident, braking or evasive maneuvers. In
addition, exhaust fumes may enter the car's in‐
terior. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage
to property. Do not drive with the tailgate open.
Driving with the tailgate open
If driving with the tailgate open cannot be
▷ Close all windows and the glass sunroof.
▷ Greatly increase the air flow from the vents.
▷ Drive moderately.
Hot exhaust gas system
During driving operation, high temperatures can
occur underneath the vehicle body, for instance
caused by the exhaust gas system. If combusti‐
ble materials, such as leaves or grass, come in
contact with hot parts of the exhaust gas sys‐
tem, these materials can ignite. There is a risk
of injury or risk of damage to property. Do not
remove the heat shields installed and never ap‐
ply undercoating to them. Make sure that no
combustible materials can come in contact with
hot vehicle parts in driving operation, idle or
Things to remember when driving
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