Suspension: Sporty, agile and comfortable

Jun 3, 2016
Stuttgart

The suspension offers a high level of comfort with low road roar and tyre vibration characteristics, while ensuring agile driving dynamics – the basis for driving enjoyment.

A 4-link front suspension with wheel suspension decoupled from the spring strut plays a major part in the agile handling of the new C-Class Convertible. This allows sporty axle kinematics for plenty of grip and high lateral stability. As a result, the suspension responds more sensitively to steering movements and allows a sporty, agile driving style.

A multi-link independent rear suspension with 5 links ensures excellent wheel control qualities and supreme straight-line stability. The rear axle carrier and the spring control arms are made of forged aluminium. A large rear axle bearing contributes to improved isolation of vibrations and thus to the outstanding NVH characteristics and ride quality.

The suspension on the Cabriolet, which is 15 millimetres lower in comparison with the Saloon, comes as standard with steel springs and a selective damping system. An optional sport suspension with firmer springing and damping, including the Sports Direct-Steer system, makes for even more agile handling.

First in class: Riding on air

The cabriolet is the first car in its segment to be optionally available with AIRMATIC air suspension. Its electronically controlled, adaptive damping system at the front and rear allows a high level of driving dynamics because the system adapts the damping forces to the vehicle's driving dynamics within fractions of a second. At the same time AIRMATIC is characterised by a comfortable ride usually only found in the luxury class.

AIRMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for excellent ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded. It controls the ride height automatically depending on the speed and reduces fuel consumption on the motorway by lowering the vehicle, for example. This also improves driving safety. The ground clearance can also be increased at the push of a button, using the ride height adjustment switch on rough roads or unfavourable access roads.

DYNAMIC SELECT – standard with AIRMATIC and optionally available with a steel suspension – allows the driver to choose their desired setting: sporty, comfortable or fuel-efficient. To this end, the driver can select one of five transmission modes using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch: "ECO", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport Plus" and "Individual". Selecting "Individual" allows the driver to customise the vehicle settings to suit their personal preferences.

Sporty steering feel

The C-Class Cabriolet is equipped with an electro-mechanical Direct-Steer system with a sporty, direct character. It combines speed-sensitive power assistance for the speed-sensitive steering with a steering ratio that varies according to the given steering angle.

Advantages of the electromechanical Direct-Steer system:

  • improved agility thanks to more direct steering response
  • comfortable handling and high level of steering comfort at all speeds
  • considerable savings potential, since energy is only required when steering occurs
  • enables the use of assistance systems, such as Active Park AssistThe brakes meet high requirements with regard to stopping distance, response, fade resistance, directional stability and service life of the brake pads.

The braking system is moreover equipped with ADAPTIVE BRAKE, which has the following advantages:

  • Fade-resistant brakes for short stopping distances
  • a hill-starting assistant prevents rolling back on an uphill gradient
  • a HOLD function keeps the vehicle immobile without having to depress the brake pedal
  • in the rain, a brake-drying function regularly wipes the moisture from the brake discs to make full braking power instantly available
  • the priming function lightly puts the brake pads into contact with the discs the instant the driver releases the accelerator quickly, and can consequently shorten the stopping distance during subsequent braking.

Other brake functions:

  • In addition the new C-Class Cabriolet comes with an electric parking brake with 'Comfort Go' automatic release as standard. This automatically releases the parking brake when the driver moves off.
  • As a torque vectoring brake it provides for additional safety at the limit by purposefully vectoring the torque between the wheels of the driven axle by means of one-sided brake interventions.
  • The adaptive brake lights can warn vehicles following behind of heavy braking and shorten their reaction time.
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