Mercedes-Benz ditches innovative E-Active Body Control suspension in new GLEMarch 16, 2021
The option was considered too expensive for a mid-size crossover and was left to the older GLS-Class.
The fact is that E-ABC (E-Active Body Control suspension that allows the car to literally jump in place) costs $ 8,200, making it one of the most expensive options in a car. For example, the Airmatic air suspension costs around $ 1,710, and it runs 85-90% as smoothly as the E-ABC. Of course, this does not give the client a Curve mode, which keeps the hefty SUV in corners and prevents it from lurching, as well as makes it impossible to “jump” in the car.
But most customers don’t care – Americans don’t order this option in their cars. As a result, Mercedes-Benz North America ditched the system entirely as an option for the GLE-Class starting in the 2021 model year and now only offers the E-ABC with the expensive V8-powered three-row GLS580. No more bouncing six-cylinder gasoline cars or cars with the GLE badge.
“We are constantly evaluating our portfolio to make the ordering process easier for our dealers and customers. We decided to continue to offer e-ABC as an option for the GLS 580 and standard for the GLS 600 Maybach, but removed this option from the GLE range, ”the press service of the brand said.
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