Ac­tion, not re­ac­tion

Wheels (Australia) - - First Drives -

Ac­tive sus­pen­sion was first shown by Benz un­der the W126 S-class of 1978. Var­i­ous con­cepts fur­thered the tech­nol­ogy over decades un­til it reached se­ries pro­duc­tion as Magic Body Con­trol in the W222 S-class of 2013. That car read sur­face im­per­fec­tions up to 15m in front and adapted its sus­pen­sion to re­duce sprung mass vi­bra­tions. A tilt func­tion called Curve ar­rived in 2014 with the C217 S-class Coupe. To­day’s GLE ex­e­cutes all this and more us­ing a su­pe­rior 48v sys­tem for greater com­fort and agility. In­di­vid­ual wheel con­trol can coun­ter­act not only body­roll, but also pitch and squat.

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