The brand new version of the MBUX infotainment system previewed, promising wholesale change for all inside the next Mercedes S-Class
This is our first look inside the all-new and radically redesigned Mercedes S-Class, ahead of the car’s official unveiling in September.
The new S-Class is the first car from Mercedes to feature the second-generation of the MBUX infotainment system, which can operate on up to five separate screens positioned around the cabin of the new luxury saloon.
The main central touchscreen display of the S-Class is a 12.8-inch portrait style screen positioned on the dashboard and flowing into the centre console. It’s available with OLED technology borrowed and haptic feedback for tangible touches and swipes.
It’s now a major hub for many vehicle functions and controls, and as a result, Mercedes has managed to remove 27 physical buttons, switches and controls from the dashboard of the next S-Class. The user interface has been completely redesigned, too. 25
The next S-Class also gains a new digital instrument panel with three-dimensional effect graphics and selectable ambiences. A new head-up-display arrives with augmented reality features for navigation, giving the appearance of information and directions appearing ten metres ahead of the car. In the rear, two entertainment displays are fitted into the backrests of the front seats, while a removable table display is optional.Advertisement
Mercedes says that rear seat passengers have access to the exact same information and features as those in the front, and information can be shared seamlessly across every display in the car.
The new Interior Assist feature of MBUX uses cameras in the overhead panel to interpret head, hand and body movements of those on board and automatically enable corresponding vehicle functions.
For instance, if the driver reaches over to the passenger seat to grab something at night, the light above the passenger seat will automatically switch on. Looking at a side mirror enables it to be adjusted without the need to select it with the traditional switch. Interior Assist also introduces safety touches such as detecting if a child seat is not correctly fastened, and combining with blind spot assist to monitor if a passenger tries to leave the car as another vehicle or object approaches, triggering the ambient lighting to pulse red.
Voice control features have been updated with more natural language commands and features, while voice control is now possible from the rear as every seat in the car gets its own microphone.
The second-generation MBUX system debuting in the next S-Class uses a new profile based personalisation system with space for up to seven profiles. These profiles store seating position, climate settings, favourite radio stations and even ambient lighting settings, applied to each seat in the vehicle. Linked to the Mercedes Me smartphone app, a scan of a QR code in the car is all it will take for the profile to be automatically downloaded onto the car, and this is a feature coming to all vehicles adopting the new MBUX setup in the future.
Mercedes S-Class: exterior design
As for the car’s design, a teaser shot has detailed an all-new nose, grille and headlights coming on the brand’s revitalised limousine.