Mercedes fans who loved the bounce of the E-Active Body Control of the GLE Merc will have to roll their own or buy a 2021 GLS 580 or GLS 600 Maybach.
If you happen to see a Mercedes that drives low, it is usually due to modifications in the suspension. It is certainly a rare sight to see a Mercedes lowrider. However, there was one thing the company had in common with lowriders in general: jumping ability. Happy GLE Owners who chose the company’s E-Active Body Control, or E-ABC, found they could bounce their rides not only on soft surfaces, but also on the road for light or slow rides.
Unfortunately, this part of the Mercedes Free Driving Assist will no longer be available to the GLE from 2021 MotorTrendthe function is only available for some more expensive journeys.
“We are constantly evaluating our portfolio to ensure that we are making the ordering process easier for our dealers and customers,” said a Mercedes representative MotorTrend. “We have decided to continue to offer E-ABC as an option for the GLS 580 and as a standard for the GLS 600 Maybach, but have removed the option from the GLE/ GLS 450 due to low take rates. “
Why the low price rates? Since the E-ABC is also a $ 6,500 option, some are willing to spend big bucks on it, especially if they can get a similar ride (albeit no bounce) on the Mercedes for around $ 1,200 Airmatic air suspension.
With a starting price of nearly $ 55,000, the most GLE Customers prefer to focus their money on features that they will actually use. And some would rather not have to buy Dramamine just to walk in the driveway with the hop-hop lady.
Hence, those who want E-ABC are now paying six-figure amounts to get it. The GLS 580 starts at nearly $ 99,000, with the option to increase the base itself to $ 105,500. The GLS 600 Maybach is on the rise at 160,000 US dollars. In comparison, the option price is a drop in the ocean.
Mercedes adds that the E-ABC will be available in the S-Class and S-Class Maybach. However, these sedans “don’t offer the bouncy bounce mode” found in the SUVs. After all; How often would someone drive their S-Class off-road? Guess it’s time to check out the hydraulic shop.