The AIRMATIC air suspension system.

Innovative driving dynamics in the new C-Class.
  • The AIRMATIC air suspension system.

  • Handling stability with first-class comfort.

    Bumpy country road or modern motorway: the AIRMATIC air suspension system adapts the suspension to the prevailing conditions. The damping of each wheel self-adjusts according to the current driving situation and the condition of the road. This happens fast and precisely by means of two separate valves for rebound and compression in each damper. AIRMATIC thereby provides maximum ride comfort for any situation.

    With increasing speed the soft basic suspension set-up transforms into safe handling stability. The separate adjustment of rebound and compression by means of dedicated valves results in reduced vibrations and thus quieter actuation noises. By combining safety and comfort in pioneering fashion, Mercedes-Benz assumes the role of trailblazer.

    Comfort and Sport.

    Thanks to simple operation by means of the controller in the centre console the driver can easily and quickly select from various AGILITY SELECT programmes. In concert with the air suspension this also offers significant adjustment options for the suspension in addition to the steering system, the engine and the transmission. The sport suspension included with AIRMATIC allows raising the ride height on poor roads: a possible spread of up to four centimetres lets drivers gain additional ground clearance while stationary and while driving. Four level sensors permanently determine the load. The pneumatic self-levelling suspension fully automatically adapts the ride height independent of the load. In order to minimise aerodynamic drag, the system lowers the ride height automatically from a speed of 100 km/h.

    The controller allows optimal configuration of the suspension.
    The display provides clear information about the AGILITY SELECT settings.

    Individual luxury.

    The AGILITY SELECT-switch in the centre console provides a tailor-made driving experience. At the touch of a finger the driver can choose from various drive programmes that each can be optimised individually. The spectrum ranges from one especially comfortable and two sporty to one efficient setting that drastically reduces fuel consumption, namely “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+”, “ECO”, and, for the first time, “Individual”. The standard setting is the balanced “Comfort” mode with optimised fuel consumption.More agility and dynamics are provided by the “Sport” drive programme with sporty-firm suspension setting, spontaneous throttle response and modified shift points.

    Tailor-made driving experience.

    In “Sport+” mode the sporty character can be enhanced even further. It offers even more dynamic settings for the suspension and the powertrain. The ECO start/stop function is deactivated. The “ECO” drive program is designed to achieve the lowest possible fuel consumption. It includes adjustments to the accelerator pedal curve and shift points, as well as ECO displays in the instrument cluster. In addition, the output of equipment features such as seat heating, rear window defroster, auxiliary heater or the cooling power of the climate control system are reduced. The “Individual” mode allows specific calibration of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering to the selected programme and consequently perfects the driving experience. For example, drivers can combine a comfortable, light steering feel with a sporty-firm setting of the AIRMATIC air suspension.

    In the new C-Class as well, the spectrum of drive programmes ranges from one especially comfortable and two sporty to one efficient setting.

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