What is Agility Control System?
The Agility Control is the latest feature which the newer generation Mercedes luxury saloon C-Class offers. This is an intelligent/adaptive suspension system which adjusts its damping characteristics according to the road conditions. The C-Class offers Agility-Control feature along with the Selective Damping System. It provides better ride comfort without compromising on the precision and control.
This system uses an integral valve which reduces the damping force. It offers the stroke-dependent damping mechanism which reduces the damping effect of the smaller shocks/jerks on smooth roads. This improves greater ride comfort and accurate tracking. The passive damping offers better stability during bigger shocks/jerks on bad roads.
Advantages of Agility Control System:
Furthermore, the system reduces the road noise and tire vibrations to quite some extent. It optimizes the characteristics of the chassis/body such as the body-roll, damping, and stability as per the road conditions. And thus, it also provides a high level of active safety and comfort as well.
Modes of Agility Control:
The new C-Class Sport offers the Agility Control as an optional feature. It allows the drivers to adjust the car’s driving characteristics according to their driving mood. It can drive you in the ‘comfort’ to ‘sport’ mode and give a feeling of luxury at the same time. The variable dampers function at all the time. They adapt automatically to the road surface and driving style to reduce the road noise and vibrations. Thus, it reduces the damping for the comfortable driving. The Agility Control stiffens up the shock absorbers and stabilizes the car if you intend to drive faster.
Agility Select Switch:
The Agility Select switch offers five driving modes, one each for the mood of the driver. They are – Comfort, Sports, Sports+, Eco and Custom. The ‘Comfort’ mode is for enjoying the comfortable driving of the luxury car. However, if you want to drive faster; then switch to the ‘Sport’ mode. In this mode, you get progressive steering response and can enjoy the racing engine. The ‘Sports+’ mode further enhances the performance. In this mode, the suspension and drive systems become more dynamic. However, the ‘Eco’ mode helps to improve the fuel economy; reducing the fuel consumption to the minimum.
With continuous variable damping, the handling becomes crisper. Furthermore, the body roll reduces and the ride quality becomes relatively steady. The steering and throttle response becomes sharper while the gear changes are more responsive even during negotiating a turn. On top of it, Mercedes offers the ESP which increases the safety and the ride quality. Besides, in some markets, the Agility Control even comes with the paddle-shifters which give the feel of a true racing car.
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