It’s not common knowledge, but certain Mercedes-Benz models have a very interesting feature.
The features uses the air suspension to bounce the car up and down, helping the car shimmy out of sticky situations.
To activate Free Driving Assists – or “Bounce Mode” as well like to call it – the SUV needs to be in the Offroad driving mode, which is only available under 112 km/h – 70 mph.
From there, the driver needs to go to the Assistance menu from the home screen, select Offroad Assistant (car needs to be in gear to access this menu), then Free Driving Assist.
One this mode is selected, the air suspension starts pumping, and the car starts gettin’ jiggy with it.
If all that jiggling about gets a bit too much, you can either hit Stop on the screen or driver faster than 14 km/h (9 mph) to shut it off.
There’s also the option to tinker with the car’s Individual Wheel Control system in the Offroad Assistant menu.
You can raise or lower the ride height of each individual wheel via four sliders on the screen, which also only works up to a maximum speed of 14 km/h.
What’s more, there’s also a driving mode called Curve that uses air suspension to essentially lean into corners, virtually eliminating body roll.
Although the Airmatic suspension comes on the GLS and GLE models, the Offroad Assistant is part of an E-Active Body control option that requires 20-inch or larger wheels.
So there you have it – if you want to look like Snoop Dogg cruising down the boulevard, you know what to do: buy a Mercedes-Benz with “Bounce Mode” and you’re good to go.