GM’s technology development efforts span the entirety of the driving experience – including vehicle shifting. To that end, most GM vehicles are now equipped with GM Electronic Precision Shift (EPRS) technology, which provides the driver with a digital/electronic shifting interface to select the desired gear. This technology also provides a number of different benefits, as outlined here.
For those readers who may be unaware, GM Electronic Precision Shift technology was first made available in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, with the 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover and 2017 Buick LaCrosse sedan following shortly thereafter. Now, EPRS can be found in a wide variety of GM vehicles spanning The General’s various brands.
Because EPRS removes the physical connection between the shifter in the cabin and the actual transmission, the benefits of using EPRS are just as broad as its implementation, with highlights including reduced noise and vibration, a smoother, more precise and more responsive shifting behavior, more available cabin space, and even reduced weight thanks to the elimination of the shift gate and shift linkage. To this latter point, the Cadillac XT5 makes use of GM EPRS technology to provide users with a “floating” center console design that includes a large storage space located underneath the shifter in the center tunnel.
Interestingly, the GM EPRS also provides an opportunity for multiple types of shifter designs. Some of these include a joystick-style shifter, a gear selector on the steering wheel stalk, and a push-pull-style array of buttons. An example of the joystick-style shifter would include the Cadillac CT4, while an example of the steering wheel stalk gear selector would include the Chevy Blazer EV, and finally, an example of the push-pull-style button shifter would include the Chevy Corvette C8.
Although EPRS tech is now in use on most GM models, there are currently a few exceptions, as listed below:
- Buick Encore GX
- Buick Envista
- Chevy Camaro
- Chevy Colorado
- Chevy Express
- Chevy Malibu
- Chevy Silverado HD
- Chevy Trax
- GMC Canyon
- GMC Savana
- GMC Sierra HD
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