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Redesigned Mercedes Me Connect app improves UX, adds functionality

A new version of the Mercedes Me Connect app allows for added functionality.

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Mercedes-Benz has redesigned its Mercedes Me Connect app. The app, which was first introduced in 2016 as a connected car application has evolved to include linked smartphone and tablet technology.

For the new generation of the technology, Mercedes redesigned the app from the ground up. It now serves as an extension of the vehicle in a similar fashion to the new BMW app.

Mercedes relays that generational improvements to the app enhance the user experience and add features. Among those enhancements is the user's ability to pair their vehicle and activate services directly through the app without having to visit a dealership.

Mercedes Me Connect The Mercedes Me Connect has been redesigned and is now available.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Additionally, it offers many connected car features designed to add to the convenience and flexibility of remote vehicle management. This includes remote engines start, remote door lock/unlock, and vehicle status functionality. Users can also manage vehicle data including mileage, fuel level, tire pressure, and fluid levels.

Should the need arise, users can facilitate a remote diagnostic test using the app. This will allow a dealership service technician to remotely retrieve diagnostic data to help troubleshoot issues ahead of a visit to a dealership. If a visit to the dealership is needed for a routine service or urgent issue, users can locate the closest Mercedes-Benz dealer through the app.

Additionally, the app includes map and navigation features that allow a customer to find their desired destination on the app and then directly send that location to the vehicle's navigation system. There's also a function for help remembering where your Mercedes is parked.

The app, which is currently available for download in app stores, is compatible with 2019 model year and newer Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, and Mercedes-Maybach vehicles.

Customers can also expect to see additional updates to the Mercedes Me Connect app with more features available in the coming months.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

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Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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