General Motors Electronic Precision Shift Technology
Electronic Precision Shift (EPS) is a General Motors technology that digitizes a vehicle’s shifting interface.
Electronic Precision Shift improves the driving experience by:
- Reducing noise and vibration
- Delivering smooth, precise and responsive shifting
- Allowing greater use of cabin space
In the Cadillac XT5, for example, the greater use of cabin space translates to the “floating” center console that is comprised of a storage space beneath the shifter that isn’t only useful, but also gives the interior a unique design element.
And since the shifting interface is decoupled from the actual mechanism, Electronic Precision Shift can take many forms – be it a joystick, buttons, or a rotary knob.
The joystick-style shifter might take some getting used to by those accustomed to a traditional shifter. The concept, however, is generally the same as on a traditional shifter: to select a gear, the driver simply depresses a small button on the shifter while moving the joystick to the desired position, as follows:
- Drive is selected by pulling the joystick back
- Neutral is selected by pushing the joystick forward
- Reverse is selected by first pushing the toggle to neutral and then moving it to the left
- Park is selected by a press of the “P” at the top of the joystick
Electronic Precision Shift launched on the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2017 Buick LaCrosse. It is currently featured on the following models:
- First-gen Cadillac XT5 (2017 – present) – joystick-style shifter in center console
- Third-gen Buick LaCrosse (2017 – present) – joystick-style shifter in center console
- Second-gen GMC Terrain (2018 – present) – buttons for Drive, Park, Reverse, Neutral and up/down
- First-gen Chevrolet Bolt EV (2017 – present) – joystick-style shifter in center console
- Second-gen Buick Enclave (2018 – present) – joystick-style shifter in center console
As time goes on, more and more GM vehicles are expected to adopt some form of the Electronic Precision Shift.