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Pulling away

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Driving / Pulling away

Automatic transmission

WARNING

If the engine speed is above the idling speed and you engage transmission position D or R, the vehicle could pull away suddenly. There is a risk of an accident.

When engaging transmission position D or R, always firmly depress the brake pedal and do not simultaneously accelerate.

Depress the brake pedal and keep it depressed.

Shift the transmission to position D or R .

Release the brake pedal.

Carefully depress the accelerator pedal.

The electric parking brake   is automatically released.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.

It is only possible to shift the transmission from position P to the desired position if you depress the brake pedal. Only then is the parking lock released. If you do not depress the brake pedal, you can move the DIRECT SELECT lever but the parking lock remains engaged.

The vehicle locks centrally once you have pulled away. The locking knobs in the doors drop down.

You can open the doors from the inside at any time.

You can also deactivate the automatic locking feature  .

Upshifts take place at higher engine speeds after a cold start. This helps the catalytic converter to reach its operating temperature more quickly.

Pulling away with a trailer

To ensure that you do not roll backwards


To ensure that you do not roll backwards when pulling away on an uphill slope, engage the electric parking brake.

Press and hold handle 1.

The electric parking brake continues to brake and prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster remains on.

Depress the accelerator pedal.

As soon as the vehicle/trailer combination is held by the driving force of the engine, release lever 1.

The electric parking brake is released.

The red (Canada (USA only) or
only) indicator lamp in the instrument (Canada
only) indicator lamp in the instrument cluster goes out.

Hill start assist

WARNING

After a short time, hill start assist will no longer brake your vehicle and it could roll away. There is a risk of an accident and injury.

Therefore, quickly move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal. Never leave the vehicle when it is held by hill start assist.

Remove your foot from the brake pedal.

The vehicle is then held for about a second.

Pull away.

Hill start assist helps you when pulling away forwards or in reverse on an uphill gradient.

It holds the vehicle for a short time after you have removed your foot from the brake pedal.

This gives you enough time to move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal and to depress it before the vehicle begins to roll.

Hill start assist will not function if:

Х you are pulling away on a level road or on a downhill gradient.

Х the transmission is in position N.

Х the electric parking brake is applied.

Х ESPЃ is malfunctioning.

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