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Driving tips

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Driving and parking / Automatic transmission / Driving tips

Kickdown

Use kickdown for maximum acceleration: Depress the accelerator pedal beyond the pressure point.

The transmission shifts to a lower gear depending on the engine speed.

Ease off the accelerator pedal once the desired speed is reached.

The automatic transmission shifts back up.

Rocking the vehicle free

Shifting the transmission repeatedly between gears D and R may help to free the vehicle if it has become stuck in slush or snow. The vehicle's engine management restricts repeated shifting between gears up to a maximum speed of 5 mph (9 km/h). To shift back and forth between transmission positions D and R, move the selector lever up and down beyond the pressure point.

Towing a trailer

Drive in the middle of the engine speed range on uphill gradients.

Shift down to shift range 3 or 2  depending on the uphill or downhill gradient, even if cruise control, cruise control or DISTRONIC PLUS is activated.

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