5 Things you need to know about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS's MBUX infotainment system
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS will come with the latest iteration of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG models have been given a solid refresh for the new model year.
Here's what you need to know.
The system includes two large screens, side by side.
The MBUX display includes two 12.3-inch screens that are contained under one piece of glass that spans from in front of the driver to the center of the dashboard. These screens are where the instrument cluster is shown and where technology, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are displayed.
There's voice assistant technology that learns your habits.
Need some help? Signal the MBUX voice assistant by saying, "Hey, Mercedes."
The system is designed to continuously learn. Are you an Atlanta Braves fan? You can can learn that and prompt you to turn on the radio to the station where the game is playing when it begins.
The MBUX is able to perform a number of weather-related functions, utilizing the voice assist to read the forecast to the driver. The car can even tell you what the snow report is for your favorite ski area.
It can recognize your movements.
The MBUX Interior Assistant recognizes movement. When a hand is approaching a touch screen or the center console touch pad, the system is triggered to change the display and highlight elements. This is similar to a computer mouse hovering over a button on a webpage and the button slightly changes its appearance to let the user know that it is selected.
There's specific functions for AMG models.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 53 Coupe and Cabriolet feature MBUX systems with additional AMG-specific functions and displays. It is possible that the 2021 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 will be able to do the same. Mercedes explains the features:
"These include, for example, the visualization of the driving programs and telemetry data on the touchscreen multimedia display. In the instrument cluster, the driver can switch between three distinct display styles including "Supersport" mode, which is particularly striking, with a central, round tachometer and perspective horizontal displays to the left and right of the tachometer, creating an impression of depth. In addition, various special displays such as engine data, gear indicator, warm-up, setup, G-meter and race timer can be selected via the AMG menu."
The MBUX system interacts with the new Mercedes steering wheel, but the CLS won't be getting it.
Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
The automaker has redesigned its steering wheel to include capacitive sensor technology. With this technology, some functions will operate similar to how your smartphone operates. Current information suggests that the CLS will not be getting the new wheel.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG CLS will arrive in U.S. dealers by late 2020.