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On-road programs (vehicles with the ON&OFFROAD package)

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Driving systems / On-road programs (vehicles with the ON&OFFROAD package)

General notes

The on-road programs assist you during onroad driving and the off-road programs when driving off-road  .

The following program messages remain in the multifunction display until the corresponding vehicle level has been set. Up to off-road level 2, you can hide the program messages using the button on or
the multifunction steering wheel. button on
the multifunction steering wheel.

AUTO program


Select the AUTO program for a more


Select the AUTO program for a more comfortable ride under all normal driving conditions.

Your selection remains stored even if you remove the SmartKey from the ignition lock.

Selector wheel 1 engaged: briefly press selector wheel 1.

Selector wheel 1 extends.

To select: turn selector wheel 1 until indicator lamp 2 comes on.

AUTO indicator 3 appears in the multifunction display.

Х Highway level is set.

Х ADS (Adaptive Damping System) adapts comfortable damping characteristics to the current operating and driving conditions.

Х The automatic transmission selects the automatic drive program for a comfortable driving style that provides for optimum fuel consumption.

SPORT program


Select the SPORT program for sporty,


Select the SPORT program for sporty, dynamic handling.

Your selection remains stored even if you remove the SmartKey from the ignition lock.

Selector wheel : engaged: briefly press selector wheel 1.

Selector wheel 1 extends.

To select: turn selector wheel 1 until indicator lamp 2 comes on.

SPORT indicator 3 appears in the multifunction display.

Х The high-speed level of Ц15 mm when compared with highway level is set.

Х ADS (Adaptive Damping System) adapts sporty damping characteristics to the current operating and driving conditions.

Х The automatic transmission selects the automatic drive program for a sporty driving style.

Х The sporty accelerator pedal curve is selected, e.g. the accelerator pedal no longer has to be pressed as far to accelerate.

Х The sporty steering curve is selected, e.g. greater force is required when steering.

You cannot select the SPORT program if LOW RANGE has been selected. The Drive Program SPORT Not in LOW RANGE message then appears in the multifunction display.

Snow program


Select the snow program for driving in snow


Select the snow program for driving in snow with or without snow chains.

Selector wheel : engaged: briefly press selector wheel 1.

Selector wheel 1 extends.

To select: turn selector wheel 1 until indicator lamp 2 comes on.

Snow indicator 3 appears in the multifunction display.

Х Highway level is set.

Х ADS (Adaptive Damping System) adapts comfortable damping characteristics to the current operating and driving conditions.

Х 4ETS and the differential lock are adapted for driving on snow-covered roads.

Х The automatic transmission selects the automatic drive program for a comfortable driving style that provides for optimum fuel consumption.

Х The soft accelerator pedal curve is selected, e.g. the accelerator pedal must be pressed significantly further to accelerate.

Х The optimum gear for pulling away is engaged.

Trailer program


Select the trailer program when towing a


Select the trailer program when towing a trailer.

Selector wheel 1 engaged: briefly press selector wheel 1.

Selector wheel 1 extends.

To select: turn selector wheel 1 until indicator lamp 2 comes on.

Trailer indicator 3 appears in the multifunction display.

Х Highway level is set.

Х ADS (Adaptive Damping System) adapts comfortable damping characteristics to the current operating and driving conditions.

Х The automatic transmission selects the automatic drive program for a comfortable driving style that provides for optimum fuel consumption, changing gear at optimum points.

Х While pulling away, the differential locks are engaged.

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