Mercedes-Benz has a completely new infotainment system that will make its debut as early as 2018. Details are scarce so far, but Mercedes is expected fill in the needed information when it unveils the new infotainment system – dubbed as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) – to the global public at the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.
Currently, all of Mercedes’ luxury offerings – from the A-Class to the S-Class -- are provided with the Comand (Cockpit Management and Data) infotainment system. This infotainment system – featuring a dedicated flat display screen -- serves as the command and control center for all telematics and telecommunications functions. The latest Comand system was launched in the 2013 S-Class, but the very first version of this technology was introduced before the year 2000. In short, the Comand infotainment system is now old, with its age already becoming an issue.
It turns out that Mercedes has been developing a new infotainment system that would replace Comand – the new MBUX. According to Mercedes, the MBUX features innovative technology derived artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system. It will soon define a new era of infotainment and connectivity, as the German premium carmaker will make this new system as standard in the next generation of its compact car – in particular in the all-new Mercedes A-Class – in 2018. This new MBUX infotainment system is expected to find its way through the rest of Mercedes’ vehicle compact lineup. Thus, expect the MBUX system to trickle its way to the B-Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake as well as GLA. Expect the MBUX system to also be offered on other vehicles in Mercedes’ future lineup.
The new MBUX system will be supported by a high-tech widescreen display. When the German luxury carmaker previewed the interior of the next generation of the A-Class (2018 model year) weeks ago, it revealed that the free-standing widescreen display will be available in three versions: two seven-inch displays; a seven-inch monitor and a 10.25-inch display; two 10.25-inch displays. The second and third versions employ bonded glass technology.
Mercedes will unveil the new MBUX infotainment system on January 9, 2018, during a press conference scheduled at 12 noon (PST) at the its stand at the 2018 CES. Mercedes’ stand at the CES will also accommodate a number of show cars like the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, Concept EQA and smart vision EQ fortwo. The 2018 CES will also serve as the final stop of the "Intelligent World Drive," which entailed testing of automated drive functions on all five continents. Mercedes will also display the “Intelligent World Drive” test vehicle -- based on the S-Class Saloon -- at the 2018 CES.