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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners Manual: AIRMATIC

Function of AIRMATIC

AIRMATIC is an air suspension system with variable damping for improved driving comfort. The all-round level control system ensures the best possible suspension and constant ground clearance, even with a laden vehicle. When driving at speed, the vehicle is lowered automatically to improve driving safety and to reduce fuel consumption.

You also have the option of manually adjusting the vehicle level.

AIRMATIC includes the following components and functions:

  • Air suspension with automatic level control
  • Speed-dependent lowering to reduce fuel consumption
  • Manually selectable high-level setting for greater ground clearance
  • ADS PLUS (Adaptive Damping System with constant damping force adjustment)
  • DYNAMIC SELECT switch and level button

Available suspension tunings

Drive program Characteristics
(Comfort)
  • The suspension tuning is comfortable.
  • The vehicle is set to the normal level.
  • When driving at speeds above 77 mph (125 km/h) the vehicle is lowered.
  • When driving at speeds below 50 mph (80 km/h) the vehicle is raised again.
(Economy)
  • The suspension tuning is comfortable.
  • The vehicle is set to the low level.
  • The vehicle is not lowered any further if you are traveling at higher speeds.
(Sport)
  • The suspension tuning is firmer.
  • The vehicle is set to the low level.
  • The vehicle is not lowered any further if you are traveling at higher speeds.
(Sport Plus)
  • The suspension tuning is even firmer.
  • The vehicle is set to the low level.
  • The vehicle is not lowered any further if you are traveling at higher speeds.

Setting the vehicle level

WARNING Risk of accident because vehicle level is too high
If you drive at a higher vehicle level, the driving characteristics may be impaired due to the higher vehicle center of gravity.

The vehicle can drift outwards, for example, when steering or cornering.

  • Always choose a vehicle level which is suited to the driving style and the road surface conditions.

 

WARNING Risk of entrapment from vehicle lowering
When lowering the vehicle, people could become trapped if their limbs are between the vehicle body and the tires or underneath the vehicle.
  • Make sure no one is underneath the vehicle or in the immediate vicinity of the wheel arches when you lower the vehicle.

 

WARNING Risk of entrapment from vehicle lowering
Vehicles with AIRMATIC or level control: When you unload luggage or leave the vehicle, the vehicle first rises slightly and then returns to the set level shortly afterwards.

You or anyone else in the vicinity of the wheel arches or the underbody could thus become trapped.

The vehicle can also be lowered after being locked.

  • When leaving the vehicle, make sure that nobody is in the vicinity of the wheel arches or the underbody.

Requirements:

  • The vehicle has been started.
  • The vehicle must not be moving faster than 37 mph (60 km/h).

Raising the vehicle

Driving and driving safety systems

  • Press button 1.

    Indicator lamp 2 lights up.

    The vehicle is set to the high level.

Your selection is saved.

The vehicle is lowered again in the following situations:

  • When driving faster than 50 mph (80 km/h).
  • When driving between 37 mph (60 km/h) and 50 mph (80 km/h) for approximately three minutes.
  • After selecting a drive program using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch.

The vehicle is adjusted to the height of the active drive program.

Lowering the vehicle

  • Press button 1.

    Indicator lamp 2 goes out. The vehicle is adjusted to the height of the active drive program.

    HOLD function

    Parking Assist PARKTRONIC

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