By design, yes.Reasons?Fuel conservation and<br> winter driving.(I guess).If you want to start<br> in 1st.,at a stop,move the lever from D to 2nd.<br> and back to D.Your'e locked up to 1st gear till<br> 6000 rpm.
Guess its not really important but UK spec 190s have a switch next to the gear lever so you can choose between launching in 1st or 2nd. the 'box still kicks down to 1st if you give it enough of a bootful though.
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