Level control

Important safety notes

Level control adapts the vehicle level automatically to the current operating and driving situation. This results in reduced fuel consumption and improved handling.

If you select ADS comfort mode (Y page 180), the vehicle is lowered to highspeed level as the speed increases. As the vehicle decelerates, the vehicle is raised back up to highway level.

If you select ADS sport mode (Y page 180), the vehicle skips highway level and lowers directly to high-speed level depending on the basic setting (Y page 182).

Make changes to the vehicle level while the vehicle is in motion. This enables the vehicle to adjust to the new level as quickly as possible.

The vehicle level may change visibly if you park the vehicle and the outside temperature changes. If the temperature drops, the vehicle level is lower; with an increase in temperature, the vehicle level rises.

If you unlock the vehicle or open a door, the vehicle begins to compensate for load discrepancies while still parked. However, for significant level changes, such as after the vehicle has been stationary for a long period, the engine must be on. For safety reasons, the vehicle is only lowered when the doors are closed. Lowering is interrupted if a door is opened, and it continues once the door has been closed.

Make sure no one is near the wheel housing WARNING
Make sure no one is near the wheel housing or under the vehicle when you lower the vehicle while it is standing still. Limbs could become wedged into or under the vehicle.
For safety reasons, the vehicle can only be lowered with all doors and the tailgate closed.
Lowering is interrupted if a door or the tailgate is opened and will continue after the door is closed again.

When driving on extremely rough terrain, When driving on extremely rough terrain, select a high vehicle level in good time.
Make sure that there is always sufficient ground clearance to prevent damage to the vehicle.

Remove the key from the ignition before Remove the key from the ignition before raising one or more wheels with the appropriate equipment.

For information about driving off-road.

Basic settings

The extent to which the vehicle is raised or lowered depends on the basic setting selected. Select raised level for off-road driving or highway/high-speed level for normal roads.

The individual vehicle levels differ from highway level as follows:
- +/-0 in (+/-0 mm) at the highway level
- Ц0.6 in (Ц15 mm) at the high-speed level
- +2.3 in (+ 60 mm) at the raised level

Raised level

Only select raised level when this is appropriate for the road conditions.

Otherwise, fuel consumption may increase and handling may be affected.

Ц Start the engine.

Ц Start the engine.

If indicator lamp 2 is not lit:

Ц Press button 1.
Indicator lamp 2 flashes. The vehicle rises to raised level.

While the adjustment is taking place, a message appears in the multifunction display, e.g.:

If you press the  or

If you press the button on the or multifunction steering wheel, the message button on the multifunction steering wheel, the message will disappear.

Once the vehicle has reached raised level, indicator lamp 2 remains lit. The Vehicle Rising message disappears from the multifunction display.

If you attempt to select the raised level at a speed of over 40 mph (64 km/h), the Drive More Slowly message appears in the multifunction display.

Highway/high-speed level

Make sure that there is enough ground Make sure that there is enough ground clearance when the vehicle is being lowered. It could otherwise hit the ground, damaging the underbody.

Ц Start the engine.

Ц Start the engine.

If indicator lamp 2 is lit:

Ц Press button 1.
Indicator lamp 2 flashes. The vehicle is adjusting to highway/high-speed level.

While the adjustment is taking place, a message appears in the multifunction display, e.g.:

If you press the  or

If you press the button on the or multifunction steering wheel, the message button on the multifunction steering wheel, the message will disappear.

Once highway level has been reached, indicator lamp 2 goes out. The Lowering message disappears from the multifunction display.

The vehicle automatically selects highway level if you are driving at a speed above 50 mph (80 km/h) or if you drive for approximately 20 seconds between 40 mph (64 km/h) and 50 mph (80 km/h). Depending on the ADS mode selected (Y page 180), the vehicle is lowered to high-speed level at higher speeds.

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