The new off-road air suspension does more than just provide a smooth ride.
Mercedes-Benz is pretty stoked about the new off-road suspension that will be available on the 2020 GLE450. Capable of raising and lowering individual wheels to provide optimum traction and able to adjust almost instantaneously to smooth out road imperfections, keep the vehicle at the desired ride height, and control lean in corners, it’s truly a versatile setup. (Get the full rundown of the GLE450’s suspension from our prototype ride.) As a side benefit, the system can also make the GLE450 hop like a lowrider, albeit not nearly as dramatically.
Watch it perform this stunt in the video linked below. According to engineers at Mercedes-Benz, the GLE450’s hopping action is not intended to wow bystanders but instead to help the vehicle extricate itself if it gets bogged down in deep, loose sand. They didn’t mention snow, but it should work there, too. As anyone who has ever rocked a stuck car to free it from deep snow can attest, it’s a technique that requires both brute force and split-second timing, in which momentum is the name of the game.
The GLE450 seen in the video uses the air springs to “bump” the vehicle vertically while the driver feathers the accelerator to finesse the vehicle free from the clutches of the sand trap. Talking about it is fine; watching it is even better. To see the GLE450 get all jumpy and free itself,
I am not gonna say it.