In 2019, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class facelift was introduced to the region with a new front design, new colours and upholstery choices, as well as an extended range of safety and assistance systems. Mercedes-Benz has further enhanced the model with the integration of the intuitive and self-learning MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) multimedia system in the V-Class, available now in showrooms in the region.
“We are excited to introduce the sophisticated MBUX multimedia system to our V-Class models. Digitalisation and connectivity are important components of our product strategy. By integrating the MBUX multimedia system familiar to Mercedes-Benz cars, the V-Class becomes even more compelling”, says Serkan Sarikaya, Acting General Manager and Head of Sales of Mercedes-Benz Vans Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
MBUX: greater comfort thanks to an intuitive and intelligent multimedia system
The central element of the MBUX multimedia system is its intuitive operating concept. The voice control system can recognise almost any sentence, activated using a button on the steering wheel or by saying “Hey Mercedes”. In addition to this, the voice control system is also capable of learning.
In the V-Class available in the MENA region, there are two baseline MBUX systems to choose from. MBUX Entry is equipped with a 7-inch display and touchpad and MBUX Mid adds the navigation system. Customers can specify individually desired functions to enhance the MBUX multimedia system, such as a larger 10.25-inch display, smartphone integration package and Burmester® surround sound system.
MBUX combines learning capabilities to provide predictive functions, to anticipate what the driver would like next. For example, if the driver often calls home on the drive back from work, the driver will receive a prompt on the display to place the call. Various infotainment settings can be configured individually and stored in a profile, as many as eight profiles can be created, ideal when the vehicle is used by more than one driver.
Apart from the voice control system, MBUX can also be controlled using the high-resolution, 7-inch or 10.25-inch touchscreen central display or the touchpad on the centre console. When the navigation system is fitted, touch gestures can be used to enlarge or move the map, making it easier to gain a precise view of the route ahead or explore the area. The touchpad also recognises handwriting, for inputting telephone numbers or addresses.
With the larger 10.25-inch display option, the Burmester® surround sound system is available for specification. The custom-made high-end surround sound experience sets new quality benchmarks for the pleasure of all music lovers, with 15 speakers plus a bass reflex speaker, together delivering 640 watts of output. Visually, the Burmester® logo on the speakers refers to the high-quality surround sound system. A voice amplification feature is also included within the Burmester®surround sound system, which discreetly channels the voices of the driver and front passenger through the speakers in the rear – allowing driver and passengers to communicate safely, while the driver focuses on the road ahead.
Owners can discover all the setting options for the Burmester® surround sound system in V-Class with the Daimler SoundCheck app from Burmester, available in the App Store, with selected music samples for each portrayed sound profile, the different sound effects will come alive.
Electricity supply for external devices has been optimised with the introduction of MBUX. USB-C connections allow tablets or mobile phones to be charged faster, thanks to an increased charging current. With Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM, it is also possible to mirror the user interfaces of all common smartphone operating systems on the central display.
The addition of MBUX further increases the focus on passenger comfort in the V-Class, building upon the model’s appeal for both private and business customers.