Agility Control Suspension

The Mercedes C-Class’s newer generation luxury saloon includes the latest technology of Agility Control. This is a suspension system that is intelligent and adaptive. By sensing road conditions, it can adjust its damping characteristics. The C-Class comes with Agility-Control and Selective Damping. According to the manufacturer, this provides better ride comfort without sacrificing precision and control.

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Integral valves are used in this system to reduce damping force. On smooth roads, it has a stroke-dependent damping mechanism that reduces the damping effect of smaller shocks and jerks. Ride comfort and tracking are therefore improved. As a result of the passive damping, the vehicle is more stable during extreme shocks/jerks on bad roads.

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Advantages:

In addition, the system reduces road noise and tire vibrations to a great extent. The chassis/body characteristics such as body roll, damping, and stability are optimized based on the road conditions. As a result, it also provides a high level of active safety and comfort.

Modes of Agility Control:

Agility Control is an optional feature on the all-new C-Class Sport. According to their driving mood, drivers can customize the car’s driving characteristics. With the option of driving in comfort or sport modes, it gives a sense of luxury at the same time. Variable dampers operate all the time. As a result, road noise and vibration are reduced automatically based on the road surface and driving style.  By reducing the damping, Agility Control makes driving more comfortable. Additionally, it stiffens up the suspensions and stabilizes the car as needed.

Agility Select Switch:

Agility Select offers five driving modes, one for each mood of the driver. Those modes are Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Eco, and Custom. Choosing the ‘Comfort’ mode will allow you to drive the luxury car in a more comfortable manner. If you wish to drive faster, then select Sport mode. Sport mode provides progressive steering response. In addition, you are able to enjoy the racing engine. The ‘Sports+’ mode further boosts performance. During this mode, the suspension and drive systems become even more dynamic. However, the ‘Eco’ mode helps to improve the fuel economy; reducing the fuel consumption to the minimum.

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Agility Select switch by Mercedes-Benz C Class

The handling becomes crisp with continuous variable damping. Body roll reduces, and ride quality becomes reasonably consistent as well. When negotiating a turn, the steering and throttle response becomes more responsive, while the gear changes are more responsive. Additionally, Mercedes offers the ESP system, which improves ride quality and safety. Moreover, in some markets, Agility Control even comes with paddle-shifters, which simulate a real race car.

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