The DYNAMIC SELECT handling control system is another key feature, enabling you to choose from a number of driving modes. COMFORT is the default setting, ECO maximises fuel economy, while SPORT and SPORT+ provide a more taut, agile driving experience. In INDIVIDUAL mode, drivers can tailor suspension and steering to suit their tastes.
In conjunction with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, DYNAMIC SELECT is equipped with up to five further preconfigured drive programs for better off-road capability. These are operated using the Downhill Speed Regulation or the off-road switch block, the Controller and the touchpad. The off-road settings facilitate an optimum vehicle configuration even in less than optimum external conditions: the selectable programs are: “Slippery”, “Off-road”, “Trailer”, “Incline” and, in conjunction with AIR BODY CONTROL, what is known as “Rocking Assist”, in case the car should become stuck in deep mud, for instance.
The Intelligent Light System impresses sustainably. With an unmistakeable design, very low energy consumption and a long lifespan. But above all it offers even more vision and safety. When turning or cornering, the low-beam headlamps automatically adapt to the light and driving conditions. And the “Coming Home” function welcomes the driver with blue LED locator lighting when locking and unlocking the car via radio remote control key. The optional Adaptive Assist Plus distributes the light in such a way that oncoming traffic is not dazzled, but the road surface is always optimally illuminated.
The optional 360° camera makes parking and manoeuvring with a realistic all-round view possible with the help of four networked short-range cameras. A bird’s-eye view of the vehicle and its surroundings can be displayed on the optional COMAND Online screen.
Gestures are the original form of communication. Brief and unambiguous. As if made for motoring. Because one thing above all deserves your attention whilst you’re driving: the traffic around you. One or two gestures with your fingers – a quick swipe or splay – is all the newly developed touchpad with multitouch sensor system integrated in Audio 20 CD and COMAND Online needs to understand what you want. It can even decipher the letters and digits in your handwriting. All the infotainment system’s functions can be actuated using gestures. A unique haptic experience – and a perfect example of the leading-edge ergonomics in the GLC.